Frank Sinatra liked his Manhattan dry. James Bond’s martini must be shaken, not stirred. The Old-Fashioned is Don Draper’s drink of choice. Following in the shoes of such debonair gents, Angeleños have fallen back in love with these classic cocktails.
How did this happen? Do we blame – or thank – the economy? What makes a cocktail classic anyway? Is this resurgence here to stay… or is this comeback destined to dry up?
On Thursday, December 12th, KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum goes to The Virgil in Hollywood, where Off-Ramp host John Rabe will talk cocktails with four of L.A.’s best eaters, drinkers, and makers. Join us for this 21+ evening of great conversation and adult refreshment!
GuestsKrista Simmons: LAist food editor and culinary host - @KristaSimmonsJavier Cabral: Food and culture reporter (LA Times Food, KCET Food, Saveur; KPFK; Zocalo Public Square) - @theglutsterDaniel Djang: Thirsty in LA blog founder, Art Beyond the Glass co-founder; DiscoverLosAngeles.com content manager - @ThirstyInLANaomi Schimek: Spare Room Hollywood beverage director; USBG (United States Bartenders' Guild) vice-president, LA chapter
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
In recent years we’ve seen signs suggesting things are getting better for LGBTs in the U.S. For example, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA this summer, three out of five Americans say they accept homosexuality, and LGBT service members can now serve in the open.
These national developments haven’t necessarily leveled the playing field for coming out, though. Beyond basic calculations like, “Who in my family do I tell first? What do I do if it ends badly? Is there a good time to do it?” there are other factors at play. Some might be ostracized by their culturally or religiously conservative families. Others don’t (or can’t) come out until they're elderly. Transgender people sometimes struggle with the right vocabulary to explain their identity. And even being bisexual could draw ridicule from gay friends.
On Monday, December 16th, "Take Two" producer/reporter Leo Duran hosts a Crawford Family Forum discussion that explores the process of coming out. A diverse panel will share how culture, class, and faith have affected their experiences, and shed some light on why some people – even with America’s changing views on the LGBT population – find the process complicated… to the point they’ll choose to stay in the closet rather than come out.
Guests:Joe Levy: Korean War veteran, native New Yorker/longtime L.A. resident; active member of Gays and Lesbians Initiating Dialogue for Equality (GLIDE SoCal). Joe is an eighty-something gay man.
Drian Juarez: Program manager, Transgender Economic Empowerment Project at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center; consultant, workplace transgender issues; certified LAPD trainer. Drian is a Latina Transgender immigrant.
Elisa Oh: Associate producer, The Ken Fong Project (in-progress documentary film); M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary. Elisa is a gay/lesbian Asian American.
Yolo Akili: Writer (Huffington Post, BET.com, The Good Men Project, Everyday Feminisms); educator, artist, counselor/group facilitator (African American and Latino LGBTQ youth). Yolo is a queer/gay African American man.6:30pm - Doors open7:00pm - ProgramAdmission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
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Monday, December 16, 2013, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas, is unlike any other.
Part of the world's largest celebration of George Washington’s birthday, this 114-year tradition features a select group of mostly Mexican-American girls chosen each year to dress in elaborate gowns representing iconic figures from America’s colonial history.
The festival — dating from the aftermath of the Spanish-American War and shaped by the North-South tensions following the Civil War — resonates anew in a time of economic uncertainty and political tension over immigration. "Las Marthas" follows two girls as they prepare to recreate a party hosted by Martha Washington in a city along the US/Mexico border.
6:30pm - Doors Open7:00pm - Program
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM