Bang for your Burger Buck: Dog Haus Biergarten ~ Pasadena, CA

Hi, my name is Freiburger, I’m a triple topping monstrosity made by men who worship hot dogs and sausages as much as burgers. I live in a Dog Haus. You will like me.

A lot can be said of a restaurant when describing the ambiance. At Dog Haus, the extended drum solo of Rush’s Closer to the Heart, playing in the background, is all you need to know. Shiny, ultra skinny flat screens broadcasting all manner of sports? Check. Full Bar? Check. High Caloric Burger Concept menu that you will gladly hit the repeat button for, like your favorite Rush album loaded on your 10 disc trunk mounted cd magazine? Um, Check.


[Preview] Come & Knock on Our Door: A Tribute to John Ritter ~ October 17th at Meltdown Comics


Everyone likes hot group action, right? Hoping to make art shows more fun and maybe a little more like a party, former roller derby girls Jane Dope, Sleazy Bake Oven and Hussy Whipped are stepping out of their roller skates and getting into group art parties built around a central theme. The first in the series is “Come & Knock on Our Door: A Tribute to John Ritter” which opens this Friday at Meltdown Comics. More info: or

And now, preview some of the art…


Willie T. Tribute to TRIGZ

Photographer and digital artist Willie T. MSK has created the amazing tribute above to his close friend, tattoo artist and graffiti OG Trigger (Mr. Trigz), who died tragically last week.

Deadbeat Club: Full Release ~ October 17th in Long Beach


Deadbeat Club Presents: Full Release
Fri. October 17th – 6-10pm – 1347 Loma Ave, Long Beach CA 90804


Maestro Knows ~ Patrick Martinez

Episode 5 of “Maestro Knows” with Levi Maestro finds the host at Patrick Martinez’s studio in downtown Los Angeles. The pair then visit Philippe’s for some french dip sandwiches and cruise down Whittier Blvd to see the location that inspires much of Patrick’s work.

Pot Heads: A New Wave of Ceramic Artists in Los Angeles ~ Opens at Design Matters on October 16th


Pot Heads is a showcase of eight of the best ceramic artists working in Los Angeles today: Dora De Larios with Irving Place Studio, Kat & Roger, Mirena Kim, Heather Levine, Ben Medansky, Victoria Morris, Sunja Park, and Pilar Wiley.

Riding a wave of renewed popular interest in American pottery, Pot Heads highlights the common threads joining this group, dedicated to the art of hand-thrown, functional ceramics. Keep reading for more information and for preview images from the show. The artist’s name is below the pieces they have created for Pot Heads, which opens on October 16th at 6pm at Design Matters Gallery in West Los Angeles. Japanese artist Katsuo Design created the Pot Heads logo, as well as a limited edition silk-screened poster made especially for this exhibition.


Dreaming Sin Fronteras ~ Los Angeles


Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) explores the honest and often heartbreaking stories of undocumented youth through live music, visual art and testimony. Adapted and directed by Antonio Mercado, this unique production will feature student actors from USC: Santiago Coronado, Maria Jose Placencia, Stephanie Barajas, Jonathan von Mering, and Kelechi Emetuche with rising star José Julián (Demian Bichir’s son in “A Better Life”) along with “DREAMers”—undocumented students who would benefit from a federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act—from across Los Angeles.

With live music by Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida (Tijuana NO!), Stephen Brackett (The Flobots) Nick Urata (DeVotchKa) and Marisoul (La Santa Cecilia), along with visual designs by activist-artist Favianna Rodriguez, this multimedia event will powerfully communicate the narratives of young people whose lives are deeply and devastatingly defined by international borders and immigration laws.


The event is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Josh Kun (Communication). Co-sponsored by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and USC El Centro Chicano.

Luis Rodriguez ~ The Concrete River

Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Luis Rodriguez reads his poem “The Concrete River” in 2011.

“For the Homies” Art Show by Richard Castor ~ Opens on October 11th


On Saturday, October 11, 2014 the BEAT SWAPMEET will host a solo exhibition of Richard Castor (check out our previous post on the Teen Angels Magazine art show) called “For the Homies”. It will be held in Chinatown Plaza, at the Beat Swapmeet headquarters. 943 N. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012.




Mr. Trigz AKA Trigger AKA Christopher Pebley Sr. was one of the beloved figures of the Los Angeles underground art, tattoo, and graffiti scenes. His charisma was evident whenever he walked into a room, and he made friends across a wide spectrum of L.A. He was a dedicated father, who leaves behind a fiancee and five kids from age 2 to 23. While he fit into some categories like “party animal”, “artist”, “criminal past”, “Tattooed Man”, he transcended all of them and to most people grieving today he was simply a friend. Many people across Los Angeles and around the world are mourning the huge loss of Trigz today.

News reports are still sketchy, but the basics of the story is that LAPD believes a simple street dispute escalated to the point where a single suspect, described as male in his 30’s, shot Trigz in the torso and escaped in a white Honda Accord. This happened in North Hollywood near the Black Derby Smoke Shop.

Friends and family are raising money for funeral expenses here.

All photos by Trigz’ close friend Pep Williams.


The Ultimate Guide to Día de los Muertos Events in Los Angeles 2014

View Ultimate 2014 Día de los Muertos Event Guide in a full screen map

The one and only El Random Hero (Erick Huerta) has put together his yearly guide to Día de los Muertos Events in Los Angeles. Please enjoy the map above so you can find events near you! Select by date, then browse by location or click the link above to open the map in a full screen.