Lindy & Grundy - Photo by Jennifer May

Nose to Tail: Meet Your Meat

Ladies and gentlemen of the meat-eating sort, listen up: After much ballyhoo announcing the "highly anticipated" arrival of Lindy & Grundy Meats (it even got written up in the New York Times back in January, for pork's sake), the organic butcher shop finally opened its doors on Tuesday, April 5.
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Indagare Souk

Souki Souki Now!

Think global, shop local. That's the overriding theme of the Indagare Souk, an all-day pop-up shop that's coming to LA on April 12 and 13 at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The souk promises one-of-a-kind items from around the world and, even better, the sales support businesses that are giving back or building sustainable business in local communities.
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Watch Sophia Bastian Video

Listen Up: Sophia Bastian

She's a little bit Nina Simone, a little bit Bob Marley, and a whole lot of talent. I had never heard of Sophia Bastian until earlier today (hey, she's only been in LA for five weeks, gimme a break), but the self-proclaimed “Jazz School Dropout” knows how to make you take notice. Watch a live performance on "Good Day LA" this Thursday @ 9am!
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Good LA

It’s All Good in Our ‘Hood

Be good. Do good. Eat good. Drink good. Sound good? The folks at GOOD Magazine are launching GOOD Local, an initiative to create active and real (not just virtual) communities around the country and the party's in LA April 8-April 10. Think urban adventures, hack-a-thons, clothes swaps, and even a book club meeting on the 7th Street overpass above the 110 freeway!
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Photo by Mar Yvette

Hey, Little Chefs

Got kids? If you do and also fancy yourself a bit of a chef, you might want to check out the Little Chefs Cooking Class at Pinot Bistro on Saturday, April 9. Chef Steven Mary will lead parent and child through an interactive class that'll encourage eating more veggies and fruits by creating dishes that include these tasty, healthy ingredients. Vegetable ravioli and fruit tarts? Yes, please.
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The Black Swan Experience

Black Swan: Are You Experienced?

Perfectly timed with the DVD movie release and all the brouhaha surrounding Natalie "She Didn't Really Do Her Own Dancing" Portman, the "Black Swan Experience" is just the kind of thing I love. Call it theater of the absurd. Think drag queens, nail kits, and crazy fans screaming at the screen.
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Christopher Jules White: The Porch

Art Party: White Knows Color

I'm no art critic, but I know when I like something, and artist Christopher Jules White's richly hued, visually multi-textural, Hockney-esque photo collages are just the kind of thing that remind me not all contemporary art is graffiti and debris.
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Work It: Free Yoga & Mashups

Don't get it twisted, sister. Unless, of course, you're a yoga warrior and that's your thing. On Friday, April 1, Chakra 5 Yoga Studio is celebrating its grand opening on Melrose with a night of world-beat, dance trance mashups by Globesonic DJ Alsultany, edible treats by Large Marge Sustainables, and FREE CLASSES ALL DAY on Saturday, April 2.
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Spelling Bee

Supercali Fragilistic…

...expialidocious! If you can spell that, then you should consider not only seeing, but participating in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," the Tony Award winning musical that's now at the Morgan-Wixson Theater until Saturday, April 9.
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Food truck action

It’s a Downtown Clustertruck!

If you like a good clustertruck, you're gonna love the TruckIt Fest going on Sunday, April 3 (and every first Sunday of the month) at Union Station. The landmark location is the new home to this monthly event featuring over 35 LA food trucks, 200 local designers and vendors, live bands, DJs and, of course, face stuffing.
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Typhoon by Mar Yvette

Go Out, Have Fun, Help Japan

By now you’ve probably read about the many restaurants and other businesses around town that are donating to the relief efforts in Japan. But the list keeps growing by the day, with a few updates to fill you in on. Check out these places around LA and OC that are helping the Japanese relief efforts.
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Dirty Dancing in NoHo

Want to be seduced? Yeah, you and everybody else. Good news: You just might get what you want when you check out "Relationship Remix," the latest show by the Joseph Allen Decker Company, that eye-popping troupe of movers and shakers who aren't afraid to delve into the world of sexual taboos, torn psyches, and complex relationships.
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Capital Grille Artist Series

Up in Your Grille

Like wine much? Care about ending childhood hunger? Good. Thought so. Head over to The Capital Grille beginning Monday, March 21, for their annual Artist Series Wine Event that gives you a taste of an exclusive, limited-production Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and raises money for Share Our Strength, a non-profit committed to ending childhood hunger in America.
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Red Medicine lamb by Mar Yvette

Eat Your Medicine

Red alert! I finally made it to Red Medicine, the ruckus-rousing restaurant that opened in December 2010 and famously ousted LA Times food critic S. Irene What's Her Name by posting her photo online and declaring that she's not welcome at the restaurant. Not that Red Medicine needed any such antics. Not with Jordan Kahn in the kitchen.
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Angel City Derby Dolls

Whip It: Angel City Derby

Have you heard? Culver City is the new home of Women’s Roller Derby and the Angel City Derby Girls are marking their territory with Rush Street as the official sponsor venue for all pre- and post-bout action. $20 bottomless Bloody Mary bar? Meet & greets? Plenty of eats? Yes, yes, and yes.
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Takami Sushi & Robata

Eat Sushi, Help Japan

We've heard of "all you can eat" sushi, but this is one instance where eating all you can really should be encouraged. In an unprecedented move, Takami Sushi & Robata in Downtown LA is donating 100% of all profits (yes, as in 100%) to the Red Cross Japanese Relief Fund.
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Photo by Mar Yvette

Mix It Up @ Les Deux

Looking to mix a little business with pleasure? Of course you are. And now that Les Deux has reimagined itself as a pretension-free gastropub, you might actually want to stop by on the second & fourth Thursday of every month for “Mixed Business," a bi-monthly DJ series with KCRW’s Dan Wilcox.
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Step Afrika photo by Sharon Farmer

Yo… Get to Steppin’!

Thump, clap, stomp. Repeat. Feel that? Oh yeah, that's the rhythm of Step Afrika, the "no instruments, just body parts" dance troupe that travels around the world with their intricately catchy rhythms and sounds that come from nothing more than footsteps, claps and spoken word. And now you can catch these guys and girls up close & personal when they step on the stage Friday, March 11 in Pasadena.
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Nail Garden Brentwood

Hot New Pick: Nail Garden

Okay, I know what you're thinking. "Another nail salon? Girl, puh-leez! There are a hundred of 'em on every corner." That may be true, but are you willing to lose a finger to fungus or marinate your precious toes in bacteria-filled water? Yeah, didn't think so. Now you don't have to worry thanks to Nail Garden.*BONUS* If you go in and tell them you heard about Nail Garden on Marpop you’ll get 15% off your service!
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Bale Folclorico

Bale Folclorico

And you thought Carnaval was your last chance to see barely-dressed Brazilians shaking it up right before your eyes. Oh ye of little faith. Bale Folclorico de Bahia is ready to give audiences a jolt with "Sacred Heritage," a primal mix of Bahian folkloric dance, eye-popping acrobatics, capoeira stunts and Carnaval-inspired dances that blend the ancient and the contemporary.
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Stone Crab

A Taste of Miami in LA

Feeling crabby in LA? You're in luck. You can get your Florida stone crab fix without having to fly out to Joe's Stone Crab in Miami. The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills and Westlake are serving up the crustaceans with the black-tipped claws both as an appetizer (two large claws for $38) or a main course (four for $58) now until the end of March.
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Fried chicken, anyone?

Get Fried Every Sunday!

It's time to get fried, friends! Starting on Sunday, March 6, Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena is launching an All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Sunday Supper. The $29 three-course meal includes chef Laurent Quenioux's own Herbs de Provence-scented buttermilk-battered fried chicken with family-style sides like loaded mashed potatoes, collard greens, and jalapeno corn bread. Finishing it all off? House-made apple pie. Paula Deen would be proud.
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Goth & Gorey: The Edwardian Ball - Photo courtesy of www.theblight.net

Edwardian Ball

Welcome to the party, kids. The Edwardian Ball is once again descending in LA for one night of turn-of-the-19th-century whimsy, art, music, theatre, fashion, steam punk madness, carnival revelry, parlour games, sideshows, and so much more. Inspired by the late author & illustrator Edward Gorey, every aspect of the party--which is set in the Edwardian era, naturally--gives a nod to the literary cult figure's quasi-macabre yet innocently goth sensibility.
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Sweet-Lady-Jane-heart-cakes

Hot New Pick: Sweet Lady Jane

If you love cake--I'm talking really, really good cake--then chances are if you haven't already fallen over backwards after tasting one from Sweet Lady Jane, you've at least heard the stories about the exquisite not-too-sweet sweetness of an SLJ cake. And wait until you hear about the savory stuff--gooey grilled cheese on toasted, buttery, fluffy brioche, anyone?
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Oscar Menus, OC Restaurant Week, The English Beat

Oscar Menus, OC Restaurant Week, The English Beat

Food & fun expert Mar Yvette features Oscar menus from the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Gordon Ramsay at The London, Orange County Restaurant Week with Sol Cocina and The Winery, and special musical guest Dave Wakeling from The English Beat, all on the Good Day LA show (02/24/2011).
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Sol Cocina tacos

OC Resto Week

Hey, foodies! LA isn't the only county in SoCal that offers a week of top-notch discount dining. Now in its third year, Orange County Restaurant Week (Feb 27-March 5) is hoping to make the event better than ever with 100 participating restaurants ranging from upscale and fine dining, to casual and family-friendly eateries. The special three-course prix-fixe menus fall within three price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30 or $40.
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