Playa Provisions brings back ‘Snow Day’ to the South Bay

A winter wonderland comes to the South Bay with the annual “Snow Day” from Playa Provisions, located at 119 Culver Blvd. in Playa Del Rey, Sunday, Jan. 21, from noon to 6 p.m.

Playa Provisions, a four-in-one restaurant concept from “Top Chef” Season 14 winner Brooke Williamson and her husband and co-chef Nick Roberts, hosts the family-friendly event that includes a sledding hill, bounce house and lots of snow to build a snowman or to make snow angels.

“At Playa Provisions, we’re all about bringing the community and neighborhood together with fun events,” Williamson said. “It also never snows in Los Angeles, so we thought, why not make that happen and provide visitors and locals a snow day experience to enjoy with family and friends.”

The restaurant will also have small bites available for purchase, including hamburgers, Beyond Meatburgers (for all the vegetarians), and frankfurters. For dessert, guests can gather around the restaurant’s fire pits and roast up s’mores with friends and family. Attendees can also get toasty and purchase hot toddies for the adults or hot cocoa for children.

Entrance to the Snow Day will be $20 for adults with two food and beverage tickets included, and $10 for kids. Additional $2 food and beverage tickets will be available for purchase upon entrance

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1912 apartment building on Venice Boardwalk up for landmark status

The Potter building (on the right) seen in the early 1920s.
 Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library

Among the souvenir shops, cannabis “clinics,” and tech startups that line the Venice Beach Boardwalk are a handful of century-old structures dating back to the neighborhood’s beginnings as a resort community dubbed Venice of America by entrepreneurial developer Abbot Kinney.

One of those buildings may now be on its way to landmark status.

A four-story apartment complex-turned-hotel, the Potter building (now doing business as Venice Beach Suites & Hotel) is up for review next week by Los Angeles’s Cultural Heritage Commission.

Built in 1912, the structure is one of the oldest remaining apartment buildings in Venice, according to a staff report on the nomination.

Constructed in a Neoclassical style, with a brick exterior covered over with stucco siding, it’s also one of a small number of buildings remaining from the neighborhood’s early days as a popular tourist destination. (The report notes that many of these structures were demolished during the redevelopment efforts of the 1960s.)

potter building exterior
The building seen in 2017.
 Via Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission

The complex was renovated in 2014, but it retains many vintage details, such as brick walls, original moldings, and hardwood floors. The building’s original elevator is also still intact, complete with a birdcage-style sliding metal gate and planked flooring.

According to the landmark application, submitted by the building’s owner, the Los Angeles Times described the structure upon its completion as “modern and substantial,” further declaring it a “substantial improvement for the Venice shorefront.”

The Cultural Heritage Commission will decide whether to recommend the property for landmark status at its January 18 meeting.

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One of New York’s Best Pizza Slice Joints Expands to Venice Beach

Joe’s Pizza will open their sixth LA location next month

Joe’s Pizza took over an empty space on the Venice Beach Boardwalk in late 2016, and is preparing to serve New York style slices by early February. Joe’s Pizza is owned by Giuseppe “Joe” Vitale, who has five LA locations throughout LA.

Eater spoke with Vitale about the pizzeria’s move to Venice Beach. Vitale simply wanted a better option for beachgoers looking for an authentic New York style slice. Joe’s west coast expansion was a quick one, with a debut in Santa Monica in 2007. The West Hollywood outpost was next in 2009, then Hollywood proper in 2011. Vitale moved into the downtown Historic Core in 2014, then on Washington Boulevard near Normandie in 2017.

It’s a bit confusing, but LA locations have nothing to do with the original and famous Joe’s in Greenwich Village. The history of Vitale’s Joe’s Pizza is an all-American story, with a sprinkle of family drama. Vitale arrived from Italy in 1978, became a baker, opened his first pizzeria in 2003, sold half of the business in 2006, then opened another location in Brooklyn. But there are varying versions of this story. Vitale is also the former and now ex son-in-law of Pino Pozzuoli, who opened the famous Joe’s Pizza in 1975 on Bleecker Street in the Village. Pozzuoli sued Vitale for trademark infringement in 2011, and a judge ordered Vitale to stop using reviews and photos of the original locations to promote Vitale’s separate Joe’s Pizza. Apparently, former employees seem to be in the habit of borrowing the Joe’s Pizza name, as is Pozzuoli suing them.

As for the Venice Boardwalk, it is easy to find a slice, but not so easy to find a quality one. Joe’s best competitor is on Abbot Kinney at GTA (Gjelina’s Take Away).

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Lakers owner Jeanie Buss lands a new home court in Playa Vista

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss lands a new home court in Playa Vista
Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss has paid about $2.447 million for a three-story home in Playa Vista. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) 

Jeanie Buss, controlling owner and president of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, has bought a home in Playa Vista for about $2.447 million.

The Mediterranean-style home, with four bedrooms and five bathrooms in about 3,200 square feet, sits on a corner lot and has front and side courtyards. There are dark wood floors and high ceilings in the center-island kitchen, dining room and living room. The master suite sports two walk-in closets.

A covered terrace with a tiled fireplace and dining area extends from the second level. The two-way fireplace feature can also be enjoyed in the family room.

There’s also an attached three-car garage.

The three-story house came on the market in October for $2.5 million, records show.

James Scott Suarez of Keller Williams Realty was the listing agent. Meredith Schlosser of John Aaroe Group represented the buyer.

Buss, 56, is the daughter of late businessman and Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Since taking control of the Lakers in March, she named basketball great Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations and replaced longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak with sports agent Rob Pelinka.

The Lakers are currently 10-18 on the season.

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Coachella announces 2018 lineup: Beyoncé, The Weeknd and Eminem to headline

Beyonce, The Weeknd and Eminem will headline the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts FestivalWochit


Beyoncé, The Weeknd and Eminem will headline the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Goldenvoice promoters have announced – ending a 14-month guessing game as to who would join Beyoncé as the top acts at the two-weekend event April 13-15 and April 20-22 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio.

It comes as little surprise. Earlier it was reported by Consequence of Sound that Eminem and The Weeknd would be joining Beyoncé for this year’s festival but requests for confirmation of the new headliners were not returned from Goldenvoice producers.

Beyoncé, who has made guest appearances at Coachella with husband Jay-Z and her sister, Solange, was supposed to headline at last year’s music festival in Indio, but had to postpone after becoming pregnant with twins.

Passes go on sale at noon Friday at General admission passes are $429, including fees and taxes, while the Festival Pass and Shuttle Combo is $504. VIP Festival Passes are $999 and VIP parking is $150.

Additional general admission passes traditionally go on sale for Coachella Valley residents a few days before each show, but that hasn’t been announced.

The new emphasis on hip-hop and R&B, which has supplanted rock as the most popular pop music forms, includes rappers like Tyler the Creator, Vince Staples, Migos, Post Malone and new sensation, Cardi B, who currently has her first three releases in the top 10 of the Billboard charts, becoming only the third artist to debut with three singles in the top 10 along with The Beatles and Ashanti.

Eminem, one of the biggest Grammy Award-winning rap artists of all time, returns to Coachella on a Sunday night after making a guest appearance with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in 2012 in the now legendary set featuring the hologram of Tupac Shakur.

Appearing on the same day as Eminem is the saxophone player who made a name for himself with Kendrick Lamar, the jazz-steeped Kamasi Washington.

More: The Coachella 2018 lineup has been announced. Here’s how to get tickets

More: How Coachella snagged Lady Gaga after Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement

Top R&B artists on the bill besides Beyoncé and The Weeknd include SZA, who recently headlined “Saturday Night Live,” Grammy winner Miguel and Daniel Caesar, who is breaking this year out of Canada. Appearing as somewhat of a godfather of that genre is Chic, featuring the influential Nile Rodgers, which had R&B dance hits such “Everybody Dance” and “Le Freak” in the 1970s.

Various genres of rock are represented by the return of War On Drugs on Friday, the sister group, HAIM, and the Brian Wilson-influenced Fleet Foxes on Saturday, and Portugal. the Man on Sunday. All have played previous Coachellas, although Portugal. the Man finally broke into the pop upper echelons this year with its mega-hit, “Feel It Still.”

The godfather of that genre making an appearance on Saturday night is David Byrne, the leader of the new wave band, the Talking Heads, who have been high on the wish list for a Coachella reunion since the festival’s inception in 1999.

Electronic music also has been drawn bigger crowds at Coachella in recent years than rock and it’s mix with pop music well represented with Kygo on Friday, Chromeo on Saturday and ODESZA on Sunday.

More: Coachella’s Paul Tollett called ‘a genius’ as festivals presented by his company win industry awards

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Other noteworthy artists of that genre include Petit Biscuit, a French DJ and music producer who turned 18 less than two months ago. He is half of the indie-pop duo Mount Dreams but released his first solo album, “Presence,” in 2017. He’ll perform on Sunday, as will British house DJ and music producer Hannah Wants, a former professional women’s soccer player.

The lineup appears to have been booked with a sensitivity to increasing female participation and ethnic diversity. An interesting booking on the Friday weekends lineup is Los Angeles Azules, a Mexican group fusing traditional cumbia and electronic music.

The festival has become known in the industry for its leadership in fine art and cuisine and this year will again offer the four-course Outstanding in the Field dinner in the VIP Rose Garden for $225 a person.

Coachella has dominated industry polls as the top outdoor music event since its inception in 1999, It was recently named the Billboard Top Festival of the Year. It grossed a record $114 million in 2017, marking the first time a recurring festival franchise has crossed the $100 million mark at the box office.

The rest of the lineup is listed below:

The full list of the Coachella 2018 lineup as announced Tuesday includes: 


A Perfect Circle

AC Slater

Alan Walker

Alina Baraz

Alison Wonderland




Angel Olsen


Avalon Emerson

B Boys

Bane’s World

Barclay Crenshaw



Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Clementine


Big Thief

Black Coffee







Busy P

Cardi B

Carpenter Brut

Cash Cash

Cherry Glazerr

Chic ft. Nile Rodgers

Chloe x Halle

Chris Liebing



Daniel Caesar

David Byrne

Declan McKenna

DeJ Loaf


Detroit Love (Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, Moodymann)

Django Django







First Aid Kit

Flatbush Zombies

Fleet Foxes

French Montana


Greta Van Fleet


Hannah Wants

Hayley Kiyoko

Helado Negro

Highly Suspect


Hundred Waters




Jacob Banks

Jamie Jones


Japanese Breakfast

Jason Bentley

Jean-Michel Jarre

Jessie Ware


John Maus

Jorja Smith

Joseph Capriati


Justin Martin

Kali Uchis


Kamasi Washington


King Krule


Knox Fortune






Los Ángeles Azules

Louis the Child


Maceo Plex


Marian Hill


Michael Mayer



Mild High Club

Moon Boots

Moses Sumney

Motor City Drum Ensemble


Nothing But Thieves


Oh Sees


Otoboke Beaver

Pachanga Boys

Party Favor

Peggy Gou

Perfume Genius

Petit Biscuit

Portugal. The Man

Post Malone


Princess Nokia



Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Ron Gallo


San Holo

Señor Kino


Sir Sly

Skip Marley

Slow Magic

Snail Mail



St. Vincent

Sudan Archives




Tank and the Bangas

Tash Sultana

The Black Madonna

The Blaze

The Bronx

The Buttertones

The Delirians

The Drums

The Marías

The Neighbourhood

The Regrettes

The War on Drugs

The Weeknd


Tom Misch


Tyler, the Creator

Vance Joy

Vince Staples

Westside Gunn + Conway



X Japan


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