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KCRW And The Moth Mainstage Take Hollywood

KCRW And The Moth Mainstage Take Hollywood 2

Last Wednesday the literary folk took over Hollywood. Fans and supporters of The Moth and KCRW gathered at the Avalon for The Moth’s Mainstage event, Carpe Diem: Stories of Our Most Vital Moments. Five storytellers hosted by comic Brian Finkelstein and accompanied by violinist Andrea Baker took the stage, bringing the audience from astonishment, to tears, laughter and back again.

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A Chocoliday With Jonathan Grahm Of Compartés

A Chocoliday With Jonathan Grahm Of Compartés

Chocolate is embedded in the holiday narrative. It’s what Santa enjoys in his cookies and what we like to heat up and sip by a Winter’s fire–chocolate may be the reason for the season! Well, at least Jonathan Grahm of Compartés seems to think so: chocolate is what makes the world go round. Jonathan and his Brentwood based chocolate brand have been sky rocketing in 2012 and are set to have an explosive 2013. Before that, they have to tend to the very busy holiday chocolate rush which is seeing them working and working and working until the big 25. We spoke with Jonathan via email about what the holidays at Compartés is like and how LA influences his luxury sweets. They have a lot of goodies that you are going to want to taste…

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The Digest: Playa’s Mexi-China Menu

The Digest Playa's Mexi-China Menu

Chef John Sedlar is one of the most interesting working chefs in Los Angeles. The food, service, and look of both his Playa and Rivera are perfectly articulated fine dining with a laid back, LA hints to New Mexican cuisine. Sedlar’s best trait is that he gets bored easily and constantly is playing with food. He grows big ideas which have seen in boozy dinner menu and an often utilized rooftop garden. He is an always working food filter who takes influences and surroundings and funnels them through the Playa/Rivera point of view. His most recent experimental menu is a mashing of Mexican cuisine and Chinese cuisine: it’s Playa’s Mexi-China menu.

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A Look Inside Silver Lake’s Black Cat

A Look Inside Silver Lake's Black Cat

Nearly a week ago I had a meeting at Intelligentsia in Silver Lake. On the way out I had remembered that a few friends of ours Instagrammed a photo of themselves at Black Cat the night before. I caught sight of it on my way out and I decided to take a peek inside. The space looked nice and really cool but, strangely, they told me I couldn’t take photos or share anything last Tuesday and to come back a few days later because “a friend was writing a story about it.” Well, we waited a few days and we went back, we took photos, and we had a nice lunch there. You should stop by–because they’re open!

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New York Times Los Angeles Risk Of Decline

Here is some New York City sensationalism: the New York Times published and article titled “Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline.” Okay, dudes. But, truth telling: most of the article is bogus but our “expanding” so quickly from outsider money is something to be concerned about. Who is really in control of LA? Do those people actually care about the city? That’s where we see the imminent decline coming from…

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Bleeding Rainbow Los Angeles

Musical act Bleeding Rainbow is on tour now and is making a few Southern Californian pit stops: catch them at the Church On York on April 30.

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Moderns Los Angeles Synth Pop Sub Urban

Local synth pop act Moderns have recently hit the scene with their totally jam-able song “Sub Urban.” Quite nice: catch it below!

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Cinco De Mayo Party El Conjunto Nueva Ola Echoplex

The Echoplex is welcoming a (pre) Cinco De Mayo bash with El Conjunto Nueva Ola on May 4. Someone named “Skapeche Mode” will be performing as well.

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June Wayne Prints Paintings Tapestries Pasadena California Museum Of Art

PMCA’s next show is a celebration of the work of painter, printmaker, and feminist activist June Wayne’s work. It opens May 4 and will be on view through August 31. Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena will run concurrently.

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