Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Weekly Events Calendar : Found in LA (March 31st - April 4th)

Wednesday / March 31st
- Paul McCartney @ Hollywood Bowl
- The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, The Polish Ambassador, The Shakes, Jesse Cooper @ The Echo
- Barrio Tiger, Threeway, Stepfather @ Spaceland (FREE)
- Mini Mansions, Links, The Silent Comedy, Doll & The Kicks (UK) @ Bootleg Theatre
- Joanna and the Dusty Floor, The Tails, The Eternal Triangle @ Silverlake Lounge
- Whale Fall, Rocket, Cthulhus @ The Bordello - All proceeds benefit CoachArt
- Zola Jesus, Tearist, Zombelle, Pete from The Vacation will be DJ'ing @ Echo Curio
- "Serenade Sunset" presents Verb the Adjective Noun, The Downtown Train, The Cigarette Bums @ Mi Alma Design Space (6:00)
- "Serenade Sunset" presents Spider Problem, Blue Jungle, Manhattan Murder Mystery, The Health Club @ El Cid (at 7:30)

- Chris Corsano and Peter Kolovos Duo, Evangelista, Lucky Dragons @ The Smell
- Bathroom Murders, Brothers At Sea, Exit Music, Devlin Murphy plus Resident DJ's Mr. Sleep, Keith 2.0, DJ N @ Boardner's (Club Moscow)
- George Glass Presents Downtown/Union, George Glass, The Transmissions @ Three of Clubs (Marathon Live) (FREE)
- Pyjamarama feat. DJ Paulie @ Verdugo Bar (FREE)
- Tropicali (Dance Music from Around the Equator) feat. B+, Coleman, Rani D, Carlos Nino and host Bardo Martinez @ The Short Stop (FREE)
Free the Robots (Record Release Party) with Mimosa, Epcot plust residents residents Daddykev, DJ Nobody, DJ D-Styles, and Emcee Nocando @ Airliner Club (Low End Theory)
- Wildlife/Awesometown @ The Short Stop (FREE)
Sarah Silverman & Friends @ Largo

Thursday / April 1st (Fool's Day)

Field Music @ 89.9fm KCRW (Morning Becomes Eclectic with Jason Bentley - 11:15am)
- We Are the World (Record Release residency), Sir Heffington's Fingered @ The Echo
- City of Devils Presents Radio Moscow, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Naam @ Spaceland
- Astronautalis, Octavius @ Bootleg
- Sour Mash Hug Band, One High Five, Messes @ Silverlake Lounge

- Yukon Blonde @ The Mint
- Justin Nozuka, HoneyHoney, Vanish Valley, Marianne Keith, Lakes and Tod Wisenbaker @ Hotel Cafe
- Chris Corsano, Warm Climate, Kolovos/Silberman Duo @ Echo Curio
Dante vs. Zombies, Stabbings, Beggars, The Crystelles @ Redwood Bar
- The Black Crown Stringband, Triple Chicken Foot @ Hyperion Tavern

- The Simplisticks, Ice Bird, DStrutters, Sightseer + 1 band @ Mr. T's Bowl

- Rubber O Cement (SF), Xdugef, Leticia Casteneda, Cocksuckers, Basdiomycota @ Women (House on Crenshaw)
- Afro Funke Presents The Root Down-Afro Funke Sound Up with DJ's Jeremy Sole (KCRW), Glenn Red, Sloe Poke, Music Man Miles, Ervin Arana, Loslito on duo soundsystems @ Zanzibar
- Afex Thursdays feat. DJ Adam 12 and special guests @ Temporary Spaces II
- Dance Right feat. special guests Zakee Kuduro (Green Owl) and Nguzu Nguzu & Total Freedom (Wildness) with resident DJ Pubes @ La Cita (FREE w/RSVP)
- Cocktails n Beats feat. DJ Dirtie Blonde (Disco Destiny), Joshua James (MFD) @ Little Joy (FREE)
- Origami Vinyl Presents Paper Creme with special guest DJ Tony Presado (Territory BBQ/Tee Pee Records) @ The Short Stop (FREE)
- Filter Magazine Presents Melissa Auf Der Maur's "Out of Our Minds" @ Silent Movie Theater (FREE)
- "Donnie Darko" (2001) , "Slaughterhouse Five" (1972) @ Aero Theater
The Onion & The AV Club present featuring Our Dumb Book Event with Special Guests Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant & comedian Megan Ganz plus a live performance from Division Day @ Echoplex
- Lebowski Fest (Day 1) @ Wiltern
- Mike Watt: Eye-Gifts from Pedro (Opening Reception) @ Track 16 Gallery

Friday / April 2nd

- KCRW Presents First Fridays feat. Breakestra, Fitz and the Tantrums, DJ's Them Jeans, Cosmic Kids @ Natural History Museum
- Gram Rabbit, Andy Clockwise, Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians @ Echoplex

- Torches in Trees (EP release), Sweater Girls, Tremellow @ The Echo (Club Underground)
- Webb Brothers, Sara Radle, Meredith Meyer, Letting Up Despite Great Faults @ Spaceland
- The Wedding Present (Peforming Bizarro), Ringo Deathstarr @ Troubadour
- J* Davey, U-N-I, Nola Darling, Tomorrow Yesterday @ The Roxy
- Jacqueline Becker with full band, Brian Buckley @ The Mint
- Sean Hayes, Sara Watkins @ Largo
- Elevaters (Record Release), Quetzal Guerrero, Mozella, Penelope Fortier, more @ Hotel Cafe
- Moon Kana, DJ SiSeN @ Bootleg Theatre
- Laura Gibson, Ethan Rose, Novi Split, Daniel Ahearn, CMG and the Night @ Echo Curio
- Old Californio, I See Hawks in LA @ Redwood Bar
- Captain Ahab (Record Release), Tik//Tik, Books on Tape Family Band (ex-Books on Tape, Bi-Polar Bear, Rose For Bohdan), Libythth @ The Smell
The White Mice (Providence,RI), Moment Trigger, Street Buddy (members: Landed, Six finger Sattellite), Bow+Arrow @ Women (House On Crenshaw)
- Collaborative Media Presents The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Hey Champ (live), Bones @ V-Lounge (Discounted ticket with RSVP)
- MFG & Graciecakes Presents PYT Jonsi Album Release Party feat. special guests Grahmzilla (Thunderheist) and Po Po (Mad Decent) plus resident DJ Paul Devro @ Jimmy's Lounge (FREE w/RSVP) - note that they have moved the weekly back to Jimmy's lounge from Temporary Spaces 2.
- Calling All Kids feat. special guests TBA plus resident DJ's matthewdavid (Dublab), sodapop (anticon) @ Hyperion Tavern
- Purple Lounge Fridays feat. Hey Champ, DJ Eric and Rob Roy (Bday Boy) @ The Standard Hotel Hollywood (Purple Lounge) - FREE w/RSVP
- The Goods with Anthony Valadez (KCRW) and special guest @ Zanzibar
- Resident DJ D.Ysh with guest DJ @ The Surly Goat (7929 Santa Monica Blvd)
- RoboCop-A-Thon @ Cinefamily (Silent Movie Theater)
- David Lynch's "Inland Empire" (2006) feat. live performance by Lola & Loshkey @ Downtown Independent Theater
- "The Princess Bride" (1987) @ Nuart (Midnight Screening) - New 35mm Print
- KROQ Presents Kevin and Bean's Foolishness @ Gibson Amphitheater
- Lebowski Fest (Day 2) @ Wiltern

Saturday / April 3rd

- Origami Vinyl 1 Year Anniversary Party w/ Twilight Sleep, Future Ghost, Kissing Cousins, Summer Darling, Tricky Sizzler @ Origami Vinyl (FREE-2pm)
- Kenan Bell (album release), Dot Hacker, The Family Album, White Arrows @ Spaceland
- Bell Gardens (Record Release), Nudge @ Bootleg Theatre
- Fillin' yr hole with Werewolves zine release party w/ Mikki and the Mauses, Haunted Tiger, Hellomynameischad, Swordfights @ Pehrspace
- Westside Eastside FMLY Ride feat. Moon Pearl, DJDT, Fidlar, Backdoor Mom, The Deadlies, Professor Calculus, Mikki and the Mauses @ Where the Eastside meets the Westside
- Verb the Adjective Noun, Paul McMahon @ Echo Country Outpost
- Skirts & Skins special edition vol. 2 feat. Lee Douglas (Rong Music/TBD), Double Fisted Posse (Rong Music), Cosmic Kids, DJ Pubes @ La Cita - FREE before 11 with RSVP - rsvp @ smokeandmirrorslife dot com
- Hot Biscuit feat. Trevor Jackson (Playgroup) plus residents Travis TK and Evan Ian @ El Cid
- Shake the Hand Presents Say Cheese feat. DJ's Rockwell, Sourmilk, E-Regular, more @ Temporary Spaces 2
- Bootie LA with the Kleptones, DJ Paul V, DJ Shyboy, Anna Konda @ Echoplex
- Funky Sole feat. Music Man Miles and Clifton AKA The Soft Touch @ Echo
- Fast fwd. feat. Anthony Valadez (KCRW) @ Little Temple
- The Great Easter Scavenger Hunt with The Mix Mason @ J-Lounge (Downtown) : Addiction Saturdays Presented by Blended Events
- "Secondhand Sureshots" Release Party/Screening @ Downtown Independent Theater
- "Big River Man" (2009) @ Cinefamily (Encore Screening - 8pm)

- "Forbidden Zone"(1980) @ Cinefamily (Can't Stop the Musicals - 10:30pm) - 30th Anniversary Screening with Director Richard Elfman In Person
- Cole Gerst: Turf Wars (Opening Reception) with live performance from One AM Radio (Dangerbird Records) @ Ghettogloss Gallery
- Tweetcrawl 2010 @ The Standard Hotel in Hollywood (FREE-3pm)
- Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' LA @ King Edward Saloon (Esotouric Bus Tours 12pm-4pm)

Sunday / April 4th
- KCRW Presents Nellie McKay @ Echoplex
- Part Time Punks w/ Non (Boyd Rice), Cult of Youth @ The Echo
- Memory, Full Frontal, Fangs @ Spaceland (FREE)
- Kasey Anderson, Travel By Sea, Horse Stories @ Bootleg Theatre
- Pony Village, Modern Time Machines, Wrong Way Driver @ Silver Factory Studios
- Useless Keys, boxViolet, We Are the Nightbirds, Ovideo, Sing Orpheus @ Dakota Lounge

Long - Running Events
- Feb. 26th - March 31st - How Many Billboards? @ MAK Center
- Feb. 27th - April 3rd - Matt Connors @
Cherry and Martin Gallery
- March 12th - April 10th - The Films of Jean Renoir @ LACMA
- March 27th - April 14th - Lola: "Ipsum Factum" @ Corey Helford Gallery
- March 13th - April 17th - Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park @
M+B Gallery
- March 20th - April 17th -
Alexandros Vasmoulakis: "Is Everybody Happy?" @ Le Basse Projects
- April 1st - May 1st -
- Mike Watt: Eye-Gifts from Pedro @ Track 16 Gallery
- Nov. 15th - May 03rd - Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years @ MOCA
- March 13th - May 15th - Peter Wegner: Absence of Field @ William Griffin Gallery
- Jan. 10th - May 30th - Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth @
Fowler Museum - March 27th - June 13th - Water: Our Thirsty World @ The Annenberg Space for Photography
- Feb. 14th-July 3rd - Ulysses Guide to the LA River @
Pasadena Museum of California Art

Friday, March 26, 2010

Foodie Fridays: San Francisco Edition

For this special edition of Foodie Fridays, we're taking a tour of the diverse San Fran foodie scene with guest hosts Nass and Lana. Make sure you have this thorough roundup readily available on your next trip up to the Bay. Take it away, Nass and Lana...

Hip, hip, hooray for the San Fransisco Bay! Last month, FoundTrack homegal Lana and myself set off on a business trip up north. And by business, we mean stopping by all of the businesses below to get our munch on. On our way to SF, Lana gave me a great insider's guide to St. Helena, a charming town near Napa Valley where she spent her college years. St. Helena is definitely worth a detour if you're ever planning to check out California's famed wine country. Below are some of the best spots we hit up on the Main Street strip.

- Giugni's Grocery Co. - Might be the best sandwich I've ever had, seasoned with their signature Giugni juice, which makes for a great gift and gives Bay Cities Deli a run for it's money.
- Woodhouse Chocolates - Handpick your own custom box of chocolates.
- Taylor's Refresher - NorCal's version of In-N-Out with more variety and less locations. Try the White Pistachio shake and make sure to chill out in the beautiful back patio. (Pictured at left)
- Villa Corona - The mouth-watering bean and cheese burrito with chicken was one of our favorites.
- Ad Hoc - Thanks to Lana's OpenTable reservation, we scooped seats at the famed Thomas Keller restaurant in the neighboring town of Yountville.

If You're San...Fran...Cisco!!!

Pizzeria Delfina

We kicked off our Foodie forage in the city at Pizzeria Delfina. With a line out the door and a smell to adore, we opted out of our reservation at its upscale parent partner next door and waited with impatient excitement to get our hands on not one, not two but three of these pies. We savored the tastes of their Margherita, Salsiccia and Prosciutto pizzas—with a lovely wine pairing of course—as we devoured them on the sidewalk of the charming Mission neighborhood. Think of this as the SF equivalent to LA's Pizzeria/Osteria Mozza.
Photo: Food GPS


As if indulging in pizza and wine weren’t enough hedonism for one night, our sweet tooth guided us to our next chomping ground, motivated purely by it’s namesake: Candybar!, San Francisco’s first dessert lounge located in the Western Addition neighborhood. From local art deco along the walls to impressionistic presentations on your plate, you almost feel guilty eating something so beautiful….NOT! We felt not one ounce of guilt as we tag-teamed both their coconut cream cheese frosted red velvet cake and their hazel and pinenut crusted apple a la mode with cream cheese & caramel filling.
Photo at left: SF Citizen

Yank Sing

One cannot visit the Bay without sampling the d-lish dim sum delights San Fran has to offer. Not wanting to waste our time on some MSG’d out dive (which most of the time are the best!) we decided (with recommendations from local SF taxi driver natives) to visit Yank Sing. This un-pretentious James Beard award winning dim sum establishment had us singing their praise with food so juicy, mouthwatering, and droolingly delicious, without being greasy. The only problem was that our eyes expanded far bigger than our stomachs as we slurped their famous house soup dumplings while gesturing at a million other things we couldn’t wait to consume. Our bill had more stamps than the postal service. Personally, we loved the shu mai—and oh my was it delicious,—and we also bowed down to the cha su bao. The bacon wrapped shrimp, onion pancakes, shrimp dumplings, egg custard, and sesame balls were all great as well. Not to mention their house black bean hot sauce (available for purchase) which has the unique ability to make everything taste better.
Photo at left: SF Photocraft
Photo at right:
La Boulange

Bonjour! La Boulange! (Yet another recommendation from a taxi friend.) La Boulange is an amazing French café chain which serves an array of traditional pastries (which are out for sampling), organic breads, coffees, sandwiches, and desserts. Whether you are in the mood for something sweet or savory, for a little Bit O' France from the money in yo' pants, this place has something guaranteed to fit your fancy and tickle your pickle ; ) I must say their TARTs were off the CHARTs with such standouts as roasted cauliflower gratin, rustic apple, and goat cheese with fruit. Also, nobody can beat their tuna cheddar, which melts in your mouth AND in your hands so make like Lana (pictured right) and eat it fast…also their Almond Croissant has a fragile yet crisp shell and a soft and gentle core so spend some quality time with this one.
Photo at left: Like Me

Honorable Munching
1) Blue Bottle Coffee - For fans of Intelligentsia, this one's for you. All we can say is, artisanal microroasting = great coffee and amazing hot chocolate...

2) Minamoto Kitchoan - The Tiffany's of Japanese delicacies, beautifully presented treats are shielded under glass casings to protect from foodieholics like us. (Pictured at left)

3) House of Nanking - Trust me, let your server order for you, it's worked for me the last two times I've visited. That should of course include sesame chicken with sweet potatoes, and delicious sweet tea with berries and rosebuds.

NEXT TIME on Foodie Fridays: The bánh mì battles may be in full swing, but we've picked our favorite: Viet Noodle Bar in Atwater Village.

Mail to: foodiefridays at foundtrack dot com