L.A. Happenings: Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza Opens Today, Whist At Viceroy, Morrissey

MONDAY (today): Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza Opens in Culver City
New pizza joint Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza is all about recreating a Neapolitan-style pizza concept with seasonal California ingredients. The slices are pretty fancy, considering the dough rises for two to three days before hitting a 900 degree, wood-burning oven for 90 seconds. If there’s math involved in the recipe, you know they’ve gone beyond TLC. So don’t expect to casually wolf down a slice(s) at 2 am. Thanks to the restaurant’s crew of partners from Abigaile in Hermosa Beach (including owner Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong), pies will be working their way back into our diets.

Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza (9725 Culver Blvd., Culver City) opens Monday the 25th. For the inside-info, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: Winemaker Dinner at Whist
Whist, the popular winery, is coming down south for one night to host a winemaker dinner at the Viceroy Santa Monica. Owner Alison Sokol Blosser will be present to offer all the best of her 85-acre estate vineyard varietals in the Willamette Valley. She’ll also announce a brand-spanking new experiential tasting room. It’s not slated to open until June, but there’s no reason to not pop the cork now.

Whist Winery’s Winemaker Dinner starts at 7pm at Viceroy Santa Monica (1819 Ocean Ave.). To make a reservation, call 310-260-7511. For more information on Viceroy, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

FRIDAY: Patti Smith Opens For Morrissey
OK, sure, the headliner here is Morrissey, who we obviously love, but Patti Smith has been on fire these days. She’s going to jam with her band in the huge Staples Center, so don’t forget your lighter. Or your bong. This concert is going to be one for the books: as per Morrissey’s request, the entire venue will be meat-free for a night.

Patti Smith opens for Morrissey on Friday, March 1st. Tickets are on still on sale. To learn more about Staples Center, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides. 

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Morrissey Proclaims He Shall Win The Battle of The 100% Vegetarian Staples Center

Please, please, please let me get what I want this time, said Morrissey to the Staples Center in Los Angles as he implored they go completely vegetarian for his upcoming March 1st concert. And the Staples Center reps were all like, "Moz, what difference does it make?" Feeling brutally rebuffed and known for holding more grudges than lonely high court judges, Morrisey took to True to You (A Morrissey Zine) to let them know, the more you ignore him, the closer he will get. Yes, the singer released a statement yesterday proclaiming:

Reports that the Staples Center will not be 100% vegetarian on March 1st are playfully untrue. Contractually, all McDonalds vendors shall be closed down, and the only thing burning shall be my heart.

20 February 2013
Los Angeles

Take that Staples Center, whose prejudges won’t keep you warm tonight.

Okay, now can we all agree this is ridiculous?

Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

NASA New Discovery

Yahoo! searchers are going wild this morning for news of a new discovery by NASA. It’s not a previously hidden planet, though, or a race of aliens planning to colonize Earth—it’s plants. Indeed, organisms called phytoplankton blooms have been discovered underneath the ice in the Arctic. The little green guys serve as food for sea life and also create oxygen for the rest of us, which is pretty kind of them, and previously they were not thought to live beneath ice at all. Honestly, we’d prefer aliens. 

Charlie Sheen Rant

Another hot topic on Yahoo! has to do with professional train wreck Charlie Sheen, who continues to act like a monster in every situation possible. Sheen was caught Wednesday night throwing a tantrum after being denied readmission to a Los Angeles hockey game—the actor had stepped outside to smoke, despite signs that direct smokers to areas inside and inform them that there is, in fact, no re-entry. Nobody cares why he flipped, though, they just want to see it. So here you go.

Chad Ochocinco

The sporty searchers at Google are busy reading about Ochocinco, the New England Patriots player who was just let go by the team after he failed to live up to his multi-million-dollar potential. It shouldn’t have been a great surprise to anyone who follows football regularly, however. In January, Ochocinco told the Boston Herald, “ bought into the Patriot Way, and it paid off. Maybe not the way everybody thought it would. I don’t know. Sometimes you work at something and you don’t always get results.” 

Fleetwood Mac

No, it’s not a reunion. People are searching for the Rumours band because of the death of Bob Welch, an early guitarist and singer for the group. Welch died Thursday at his Nashville home of an apparent suicide; he was reportedly found with a gunshot wound to the chest and had left a note. “He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten,” band leader Mick Fleetwood has said. “Mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us.” The band’s body count is growing: earlier this year, ex Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. 


Never a group to shy away from lists, the great minds of Twitter are this morning counting down their bucket lists, most of which include meeting Justin Bieber or making good for the grief they’ve caused their families. Sadly, not all from teenagers.