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Wednesday February 26, 2014

Los Angeles Writer Editor Shana Ting Lipton
I'm set to move on from About LA. It's been a great nearly five-year run. About.com is moving in a different direction, and I've been increasingly focusing on my travel editorial, as well as fledgeling projects like a bespoke start-up concierge/research service for people moving to LA. Check in at the Shana Ting Lipton.com site for updates, and of course keep coming back to About's California and LA travel channels for fresh info.

Yours Truly, Shana Ting Lipton

Left Photo by Kiino Villand; Right Photo by Hiroyuki Matsumoto/Getty Images

Dave Stewart's Rock n' Roll Circus

Monday February 24, 2014

Dave Stewart and Rita D'Albert

I recently interviewed Grammy-winning music legend Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame and so much more) about his latest, greatest show on earth--or more precisely LA.

On March 14th, in conjunction with burlesque/Mexican wrestling troupe Lucha VaVOOM, Stewart will be putting on a bizarre, cool, outlandish show to end all shows at the El Rey.

Expect contortionists, burlesque performers, knife-throwing, giant plastic pills and of course a special Stewart live music blend of country, gospel, blues and psychedelic influences.

Read more about the event in my exclusive interview with Dave Stewart.

Photo Courtesy of MSO PR

Mexican Photography and Architecture at the MAK Center

Sunday February 23, 2014

Architecture Talk at the Mak Center Los Angeles

The intersection between photography and architecture will be the subject of a special Wednesday night talk at the MAK Center.

Artists Christoph Draeger and Heidrun Holzfeind will be presenting their conceptual photo project and upcoming book Arquitectura Contemporánea, which explores 20th century Mexican architecture.

The editor of their book, Mexico City architect and critic Lorenzo Rocha, will lead the discussion on photography and architecture, exploring the various ways in which a structure can be contemporary.

The gratis talk, which takes place on February 26th, starts at 7 p.m.

Related: Top 10 Pieces of Architecture in Los Angeles Image Courtesy of MAK Center

Plant Based Burgers For Sunday Supper

Thursday February 20, 2014

The roots of the Sunday supper, back to its original incarnation (Britain's Sunday roast) are centered around meat. However, as this is LA, and we always do things our own healthy way...

This Sunday, as part of Crossroads' Sunday Suppers, guest chef Adam Fleischman of Umami Burger will lord over the (green) grill and be preparing plant-based versions of his dishes.

This special prix fixe menu consists of starting nibble--fried pickles with ranch dressing--followed by hearts of Romaine Caesar salad with walnut parmesan. Then for the second course there's a choice of french fries or onion rings and it's onto the main event: burgers.

The choices of non-beef are: Crossroads Mushroom Farro patty, Umami veggie patty or garden beefless patty. Burger add-ons consist of truffle cheese, soy cheese and a house cashew nacho cheese. And there's banana split or chocolate milkshake for dessert.

The cost of the meal is $45 per guest; with 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. seating available.

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Scotch and Art in Barnsdall Art Park

Sunday February 16, 2014

Manfred Muller at Barnsdall Art Park

The worlds of Scotch and art will converge on Friday, February 28th with a talk by German artist Manfred Müller and a Scotch tasting by Silverlake Wine.

Set to take place at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Ar Park, the public event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. will center on the aforementioned creator.

Born in Germany, the LA-based Müller's work encompasses architecture and sculpture, as well as drawings, paintings, installations, photography and site-specific pieces.

The artist currently has a multimedia show up at the gallery entitled 'Objects Are Closer Than They Appear' (through March 16th). General admission for the event is $40.

Related: Downtown LA Art Walk

Photo Courtesy of Blink Creative Group

Sixties French Farce Boeing Boeing Comes to Burbank

Thursday February 13, 2014

Sixties French Farcical Play at the Chapman Theatre in Los Angeles

Love is in the air--no it's literally in the air as in, at an altitude of 30,000 feet... at least that's the loose sensibility of the farcical French play Boeing Boeing.

The setting of this romp is the swinging '60s and the main character is Bernard, a happy-go-lucky bachelor engaged to three stewardesses (uh, in today's parlance flight attendants).

But of course, in the true style of '60s slapstick (and French farce), things start to get complicated and our 'hero' gets thrown off course. Boeing Boeing is apparently one of the most performed French plays in the world (which it why it rings a bell for even yours truly).

The theatrical show will have a run at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in Burbank between February 28th and April 13th. Admission to the performance is $22 (or $17 for students and seniors).

Related: Top Theatres in Los Angeles

Flyer Image Courtesy of Nora Feldman/PR

The Dumb Starbucks Shop in Los Feliz

Monday February 10, 2014

Dumb Starbucks in Los Feliz

Is it art? Is it trademark infringement?

Only one thing seems to be a certainty when it comes to the Dumb Starbucks 'mock shop' in Los Feliz and it's a good one: there's free coffee--well, dumb iced coffee and dumb chai tea lattes to be precise.

The fake (and pretty amusing if you ask me) Starbucks is gathering momentum as people drive out to line up on the corner of Hillhurst and Melbourne Ave. to get the wanna-bean experience.

The LA Times has reported that the two of the comp shop's baristas were hired for the unusual job through Craig's List (a den of unusual listings).

The owners of Dumb Starbucks remain a mystery, but according to the project's Twitter feed are set to make an announcement today at 4 p.m. They've put the word out that what they're doing amounts to fair use (for the purpose of parody).

Starbucks' legal team is apparently weighing its next move. Let's face it, even dumb publicity is good publicity.

You can follow the jokester/artist/enigmas on Twitter at @dumbstarbucks.

Update (5:26 p.m.): Fooey it looks like it was just some Comedy Central promotion gag (based on this YouTube video). I am fast longing for the days when not everything was a viral campaign choreographed by a branding agency for some major corporation or TV network but a real genuine grassroots mystery...

Related: A Day in Los Feliz

Image: @DumbStarbucks

Edwardian Eccentricity Returns to LA

Friday February 7, 2014

LA Edwardian Ball

Come one, come all, to the Edwardian Ball. For some reason, the annual outlandish, steampunky, Toulouse-Lautrekker event of the aforementioned name, inspires fits of clever rhythme.

Why not get into character when you've bothered to get dressed to the nines in your Edward Gorey-inspired attire?

LA Edwardian Ball

This year's Edwardian Ball takes place tomorrow, Saturday, February 8th at the Fonda Theatre. General admission tickets cost $45.

And if you think these photos (from last year's event) are spectacular and decadent enough, there's sure to be more outrageously dressed goth, steampunk and just plain trailblzing Angelenos at this year's.

Los Angeles Edwardian Ball

The enchanted evening is set to feature the art and stories of Gorey, music, dance, theatrics, circus arts, ballroom dancing, trapeze artists, DJs and more festivities.

The invitation mandates that everyone "return to a time of well-dressed gentility by creating characters and costumes for the occasion." So get those dusty clothes out of that steamer trunk, and raise a glass of Absinthe for the occasion.

Los Angeles Edwardian Ball

Related: Horror Show on Wheels, Art of Bleeding

Photos: Edwardo Sanchez

Get Conscious

Wednesday February 5, 2014

Annual Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles

When's the last time you got together with your higher self? If you're feeling out of balance and ready for a cosmic tune-up, look no further than the upcoming Conscious Life Expo.

The 12th installment of this spiritual event will take place on February 7th, 8th and 9th at the LAX Hilton and feature an 'all-star' line-up from the New Age world.

These include teacher/authors like Steven Halpern and George Noorey as well as popular personal development luminaries like Rhonda Byrne (of The Secret).

But, personally, the guest I'm most excited about is Gregg Braden. Formerly from the world of hard science, Braden has an earthy, accessible way of explaining complex cosmic theories and happenings. He's a tremendously inspiring teacher who speaks from the heart with no affectations.

Whether you come to see him or one of the other dozens of participants, do plan a visit. The event will feature workshops and panels on everything from simple astrology to complex cosmology.

In addition, they will host special guest Matias de Stefano (a fascinating, complex young mind if you haven't already encountered his work) presenting: "Ater Tumti: The Keys to the World."

Day passes cost from $15-$30; individual workshops from $20-$25.

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LA's Spiritual Sites

Photo: Donald Miralle/Stringer/Getty Images

Peaches Meets Lucha VaVOOM at The Mayan

Sunday February 2, 2014

Lucha VaVOOM at the Mayan Theatre LA

The vulgar but irresistable spectacle that is Lucha VaVOOM will pounce back into The Mayan in downtown for two special annual Valentine's-pegged shows on February 12th and 13th.

And, for the first time, the Mexican wrestling/burlesque/comedy troupe will incorporate a musical performance into its antics.

Who better to rev audiences up for Lucha VaVOOM than Peaches (contentious in her own right)? The 'Boys Wanna Be Her'-singing rap performer will perform an opening number for both shows.

You never know who might turn up for the raucous performances, as the troupe counts amongst its legions of fans luminaries like Jack Black, Sasha Baron Cohen and  Dave Stewart.

Tickets cost $35 general admission for this 21 and over show. Doors open at 7 p.m. both nights.

Related: Horror Show on Wheels, Art of Bleeding

Photo Courtesy of MSO PR

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