Thursday, June 28, 2012

the BEAT of the week: L.A. Weekly's Pancake Breakfast.

L.A. Weekly may have recently lost its foodie guru, Jonathan Gold, but that doesn't mean it's giving up on the parties. Take note: it's 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast. Does it get any better than a good excuse to indulge in the best meal of the day with some of L.A.'s best chefs? (Answer: No.)

The big soiree won't be happening until August 5, but you'll be smart to get your tickets once they go on sale today. And you should probably just start dieting now, because the event's lined up more than 25 different restaurants to offer their own tasty versions of the old breakfast standby, including: Salt's Cure, Langer's, The Nickel Diner, LA MILL, BLD, Tiara Café, Fred 62, Auntie Em's, The Hungry Cat and Square One.

What a great way to start off your morning.

The L.A. Weekly Pancake Breakfast takes place August 5 from 11am-2pm at Vibiana, located at 214 S. Main St. in downtown. Tickets are $30 each.

-- Chau Tu

Photo credit: Anne Fishburn / L.A. Weekly

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Click It. BEAT picks of the week.

A lightweight version of my favorite sweatpants - Victoria's Secret PINK Campus Crop. Perfect knock around wear for summer.

TOMS canvas strappy wedges are their chicest shoes yet. 

Alora Albiance's "isola" smells like summer.

-- Leslie Anne Wiggins

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

the BEAT of the week: Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

It's back! You know summer's just about in full swing when Cinespia, the extremely popular and quintessentially L.A. film series, returns, giving Angelenos the perfect excuse to day-drink and parade in what's become our excuse for a park. As always, the line-up of movies offers something for everyone -- having already screened Lolita, Nightmare on Elm Street and Cheech and Chong. On the slate for this weekend: the classic Jack Nicholson flick Chinatown.

Cinespia's now offering presale tickets for $10 in case you're worried about sold out screenings, but most should still be able to get in by buying tickets at the door. Nevertheless, remember to show up early, bring lots of snacks, and a blanket for when the sun finally goes down. Happy almost-summer!

Cinespia screenings take place on Saturdays this summer at 9pm at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Check out the list of films here.

-- Chau Tu

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

the BEAT of the week: Make Music Pasadena.

Pasadena isn't usually known for being on the cutting edge of music and culture, what with its cleanly manicured neighborhoods and chain store shopping avenues, but Make Music Pasadena may change a lot of minds. For this one weekend in the summer, the city lets its hair loose to offer a totally rocking music fest featuring a number of exciting and up-and-coming bands and musicians -- and it's all for free. This year, you can check out the likes of artists like Grimes, Cults, Dam Funk, Dengue Fever, Grouplove and Milo Greene, among a slew of others. You're bound to discover someone new along the stages, and did I mention that it's all free?

Make Music Pasadena takes place this Saturday, June 16 from 11am-11pm all over downtown Pasadena. Check out the lineup here, which has specific addresses for the various stages.

-- Chau Tu

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

the BEAT of the week: L.A. Film Fest.

It's really no surprise that Los Angeles -- Hollywood, in and of itself -- boasts an excellent film festival every year, but this year in particular is rounding up to be a great one. The L.A. Film Fest returns to L.A. Live this year from June 14-24, and is offering a great selection of both major titles -- like Woody Allen's latest, To Rome with Love and the Channing Tatum stripper [bio-]comedy Magic Mike -- and promising indie films like the critic and audience fave Beasts of the the Southern Wild and documentaries The House I Live In and Queen of Versailles. These are the films everyone's going to be talking about this summer, and this is your chance to see them now.

You can make sure you're on top of the conversation by grabbing a festival pass starting at $200, or catch individual screenings for about $13 each. If you want to do the latter though, you'll have to act quickly -- some screenings are already sold out (there are standby lists, but don't count on it!). Check out the schedule of films here, and get started on your summer movie season now.

The L.A. Film Fest takes place from June 14-24 at L.A. Live, located at 800. W. Olympic Blvd. in downtown.

-- Chau Tu