May 15th, 2012 — 1:07pm
Contributed by Alia Akkam
Speakeasy-style joints complete with secret entrances and unlisted phone numbers may be old hat, but there’s now a new breed of even-more-intimate establishments opening across the country.
The best part? You can find these watering holes inside some of your favorite pre-existing bars.
THE VARNISH, LOS ANGELES, 213 622 9999:
After devouring a hearty French dip sandwich at Cole’s in downtown LA, walk past the red booths to Eric Alperin’s cocktail den. You’ll most likely have to wait for a seat, but his list of expertly mixed standards is worth it.
What to Drink: Holland Cobbler (genever, Curaçao, raspberry, lemon juice, grated nutmeg)
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May 14th, 2012 — 3:49pm
In 2009, after writing together for 2+ years, filmmaker Adam Stilwell and guitarist Adam Cotton decided to turn their overflowing well of songs into a massive narrative, based on Stilwell’s dark stories and Cotton’s bottomless wealth of musical ambition. In a year’s time, the two-man show grew into a twenty-person production. Friends lent there talents and one by one joined the band, creating a one of a kind creative collective that performed rock operas such as “TheLandofTheNewGhosts” and “TheBigDrowningHeart” , and most recently, “TheDarkWoods” in the strange corners of Los Angeles.
Planets pride themselves on being a band in which not all instruments are musical. Dancers, actors, puppeteers, zombies and robots come together with a do it yourself attitude and an eye on arts and crafts. Inspired by adventurous bands like The Who and Pink Floyd, Disney’s early fairytales and televised narrative mysteries such as Lost, Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone, a Planets show can be described as a big rock show in the form of a junior high stage play.
Catch the wonders of Planets every Saturday in June. No Cover. And No telescopes.
Dave Freeman, 213 Music Director
May 10th, 2012 — 4:29pm
Friday, May 11th
Casey’s Irish Pub – Gods of Macho
They wear pink. And they fucking rock! It’s true, some dudes can wear pink and still kick your ass. Don’t worry, The Gods of Macho won’t literally beat you up but they will wear pink. And might call upon the power of Satan to give them the power to to rock harder than any other band, in the world! I was just thinking, what would Lemmy from Motorhead look like in pink? Anyways, about The Gods of Macho…They are a hard rock band from Los Angeles who play it loud and heavy. And it’s the perfect chaser to your shots of Jameson. It doesn’t matter if you likes glam punk, metal, even did the humpty dance once or twice in your lifetime, you will love The Gods of Macho. I guarantee it. And if you’re not sold at the end of the show I won’t refund you anything. It’s FREE all month! Get used to it!
Caña Rum Bar – Native Wayne
Tonight Grammy-winning reggae luminary Wayne Hobson, also known as Native Wayne to his Indie 103 fans, will be behind the wheels of steel bringing us the good vibes via an eclectic set of classic reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, and whatever else he deems worthy of your listening pleasure. It’s Friday night, so if you’d like to ensure yourself a table or bring more than three guests, reservations are necessary. Right near the beach… Boyyyyyyyyyy!
Las Perlas – Kapsoul Records
What does Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rare Groove Disco have in common with Tequila? Las Perlas!!!! That’s right Kapsoul Records presents every Friday at Las Perlas with DJ Kap, Ohmae & Chikaramanga. Come in and get drunk…. Or stay sober depending on what you’re in to.
Saturday, May 12th
Casey’s Irish Pub – Animal Raps
A good friend of mine called me and said, “Dude, you have to check out this guy who raps in a bear suit!”. So, like a good friend I listened to “the guy in a bear suit.” And I have to say, the dude has rhymes! He calls himself Animal Raps. And he raps about animals! Duh! Check out Animal Raps every Saturday at Casey’s with a special guest each week. No Cover. Just rhymes, and a bear suit.
Las Perlas – DJ Darren Revell
Las Perlas welcomes DJ Darren Revell from 103′s Big Sonic Heaven tonight. Darren will be spinning everything from Post Punk to New Wave to Eighties so grab your head bands and leg warmers and get on down here. We’ll see you then!
Caña Rum Bar – Music Selector Jose Galvan
Its time for you to stop living and start winning! What better way to do that than to join us @ Caña Rum Bar for Jose Galvan. Tonight and every Saturday night Jose joins us playing Latin Alternative, Funky Beats and Caribbean Rhythms. We will also be serving some of the most delicious rum cocktails ever to have touched your tongue. Get in here and get some!
May 10th, 2012 — 11:01am
A Blossom That Mom Can Sip – New York Times
Lillet, the elegant wine-based aperitif made in southwest France for the last 140 years, is best known in its original pale version: white wine flavored with citrus and a touch of quinine. Lillet Blanc was joined by red Lillet Rouge in 1962. This spring the drink has blossomed in pink. Lillet Rosé is essentially the blanc with some added red fruit liqueurs and a little of the Rouge for color — a medley that is refreshing, a little fruity and excellent for a Mother’s Day toast. READ MORE
Sixth Circuit: Wax Seal on Maker’s Mark Bourbon Is Protected – Wall Street Journal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has found that the red wax seal on the Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey is protected trade dress. The ruling gave Judge Boyce Martin Jr. an opportunity to talk at length about the history of bourbon — an opportunity he clearly relished.
Judge Martin’s opinion begins,
Justice Hugo Black once wrote, “I was brought up to believe that Scotch whisky would need a tax preference to survive in competition with Kentucky bourbon.” While there may be some truth to Justice Black’s statement that paints Kentucky bourbon as such an economic force that its competitors need government protection or preference to compete with it, it does not mean a Kentucky bourbon distiller may not also avail itself of our laws to protect its assets. This brings us to the question before us today: whether the bourbon producer Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc.’s registered trademark consisting of its signature trade dress element—a red dripping wax seal—is due protection, in the form of an injunction, from a similar trade dress element on Casa Cuervo, S.A. de C.V.’s Reserva de la Familiatequila bottles. We hold that it is. The judgments of the district court in this trademark infringement case are AFFIRMED.
What makes bourbon bourbon? Corn-based mash and aging in charred oak barrels. The name itself can be traced to one of the original nine counties of Kentucky — Bourbon County – named in honor of the French royal family. As Judge Martin points out, bourbon distillers began to brand their spirits to capitalize on the differences between good Kentucky bourbon and the rest.
The Samuels family, founder of the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, Ky., has produced whiskey since the eighteenth century, but the recipe for the Maker’s Mark bourbon we’re familiar with dates to 1953, according to the ruling. Bill Samuels Sr. was the man behind it, and his wife, Margie, came up with the red dripping wax seal. She used the family deep fryer to perfect the process of applying it, apparently. The company has the seal on its bourbon bottles since 1958.
In 1995, Jose Cuervo introduced a premium tequila, “Reserva de la Familia,” in a bottle that bore a wax seal sans the drips. But by 2001, Cuervo had begun selling this tequila in the U.S. with a drippy wax seal that resembled that of Marker’s Mark. Maker’s Mark sued in 2003, and sometime thereafter Cuervo reverted back to the straight-edged wax seal. A federal district judge ruled that Cuervo’s dripping wax seal infringed Maker’s Mark’s trademark and forbade Cuervo from using it. The judge denied Maker’s Mark’s claim for damages but awarded some of the company’s legal costs. The Sixth Circuit adopted the lower court’s finding that the bourbon-maker’s trademark was “extremely strong.”
Budweiser Bottle Goes Red, White & Blue, First Design Change In Years – Huffington Post
Last August, Budweiser redesigned its can in an effort to revive weak U.S. sales. Now, its the bottle’s turn. For a limited time, the bottle (and can) are getting a red, white and blue makeover.
The new design is part of a summer initiative with Budweiser and the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for families of military personnel killed or disabled while serving. A portion of all sales from May 20 to July 7 — up to $2.5 million — will be donated to the organization. READ MORE
Buddy System: Is Bud Light Lime the new bartender’s handshake? – Tasting Table
Craft cocktails and mass-produced, flavored beer are on different planets of the drinking galaxy. Except when it comes to Bud Light Lime, which is currently an obsession of the fine bartenders of Boston.
At Trina’s Starlite Lounge, a rotating menu of four to six Bud Light Lime cocktails is offered, alongside classic drinks made with artisanal bitters. The bar’s take on the Collins, called the Jackie’s Packie, uses the beer in place of soda water. Garnished with a house-made bourbon cherry, it’s irony in a glass. READ MORE