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Home of the Day: Spanish style next to walkable West Hollywood

This Spanish-style home, renovated and restored by the Stewart-Gulrajani Design Team, offers a new spin on a classic look. A coved entry opens to a refined space with arched doors and windows and wide-plank wood floors. Crisp white walls and coffered ceilings lend a contemporary look to an open-plan...

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  • Retro Norms restaurant could become an L.A. monument

    Retro Norms restaurant could become an L.A. monument

    A retro restaurant on the Westside beloved for its outlandish, exaggerated architectural style could soon become a historic monument in Los Angeles. Architecture buffs rallied to save the Norms restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard this year after learning that a new owner had obtained a permit to...

  • Review: At Terrine, Kris Morningstar becomes a chef's chef

    Review: At Terrine, Kris Morningstar becomes a chef's chef

    If you are fond of visiting Los Angeles restaurants in their first months, you have run into chef Kris Morningstar a lot, probably more times than you can imagine. He has cooked at Shutters and AOC, Grace, Meson G and Opaline, Casa and the weird rooftop-to-table restaurant Blue Velvet. He was in...

  • Five questions for chef Kris Morningstar of Terrine

    Five questions for chef Kris Morningstar of Terrine

    Kris Morningstar, chef at the new Terrine on Beverly Boulevard, first fell in love with food in his family’s kitchen. But before graduating from the Cordon Bleu-affiliated California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, Morningstar studied marketing at the University of Maryland. He has worked...

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  • She has grand designs on how interiors should be

    She has grand designs on how interiors should be

    The gig: Leura Fine, 29, is founder and chief executive of Laurel & Wolf, which specializes in residential and commercial interior design. Fine is also one of Forbes' 2016 selections for "30 under 30," young entrepreneurs who are rapidly climbing the ladder in their business sector or completely...

  • Datebook: Shaping wood into abstraction, a group show about race, life lessons in 30-second videos

    Datebook: Shaping wood into abstraction, a group show about race, life lessons in 30-second videos

    An exploration of shape and form in wood. A group show that looks at race and identity. And an exhibition devoted to exploring the historical and artistic legacy of an L.A. LGBT club from the early '80s. Plus, a festival of film by a well-known documentarian and short video lessons by an L.A. performance...

  • Ring in the lunar new year with a barrel of monkey merchandise

    Ring in the lunar new year with a barrel of monkey merchandise

    Out with the goat, in with the monkey! The Chinese Lunar New Year begins Monday and this is the year of the fire monkey, associated with the ninth zodiac animal sign and the element of fire. In celebration, luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Michael Kors, Estée Lauder and Chopard...

  • Baja East designers hold trunk show at Elyse Walker

    Baja East designers hold trunk show at Elyse Walker

    Baja East designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon — finalists in this year's prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competiton — are scheduled to show off what they've called their "loose luxury," "ambisexual" line in a trunk show from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Elyse Walker. The boutique is at 15306...

  • Michael O'Neill's 'On Yoga' captures the practice's bends and curves

    Michael O'Neill's 'On Yoga' captures the practice's bends and curves

    "There is no modern yoga; there is just yoga in modern times." That's a line from the new Taschen book "On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace" by photographer Michael O'Neill. The book's recent release coincides with an exhibition of 80-plus large-scale photographs at the Taschen Gallery, marking...

  • Paul Smith reveals soft side in 15th-anniversary collection for the Rug Company

    Paul Smith reveals soft side in 15th-anniversary collection for the Rug Company

    Known for his jaunty mix of crisp English tailoring punctuated by colorful stripes and florals, Paul Smith has put his stamp on several quirky side projects over the years, from a limited edition cover of John Le Carré’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” to a rugged Land Rover Defender decked out...

  • New concept store Reservoir a source for sophisticated L.A. style
    New concept store Reservoir a source for sophisticated L.A. style

    Just in time for the holiday shopping season, a new boutique has opened on Robertson Boulevard marrying East and West Coast style.

    Reservoir is the concept of New York City transplants Aliza Neidich and Alissa Jacob, and features a well-edited mix of clothing, accessories and home goods with an...

  • Vegan options for Thanksgiving, plus where to get a free vegan meal
    Vegan options for Thanksgiving, plus where to get a free vegan meal

    If you're looking for vegan options this Thanksgiving, here are some restaurants and bakeries to consider: 

    Alchemy Food and Juice Lab is making a raw, vegan, organic pumpkin cheesecake called Punkin Pie, available to order for Thanksgiving. The pie is made with pumpkin, cashews, walnuts, chai...

  • Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go
    Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go

    Thanksgiving is a cook's holiday. But if you're not feeling the whole I'm-going-to-spend-all-Thanksgiving-and-the-night-before-in-the-kitchen thing, here are some places that are open Thanksgiving Day, and some restaurants and bakeries preparing all the essentials to order ahead and enjoy at home. 

    ...

  • Office of Angela Scott brings men's style footwear to L.A. women
    Office of Angela Scott brings men's style footwear to L.A. women

    The Office of Angela Scott is bringing men’s style footwear to L.A. women with the opening of its first boutique on Melrose Avenue.

    The store features the Santa Barbara-based designer’s full range of styles, including black-and-navy striped oxfords with chunky heels, black patent platform kiltie...

  • The Office of Angela Scott opens on Melrose Avenue
    The Office of Angela Scott opens on Melrose Avenue

    Footwear designer Angela Scott has opened a 721-square-foot boutique at 7975 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. 

  • Natural beauty purveyor CAP is popping up at Jenni Kayne in Brentwood
    Natural beauty purveyor CAP is popping up at Jenni Kayne in Brentwood

    New York natural beauty and skincare purveyor CAP Beauty is popping up at Jenni Kayne's Brentwood boutique from Friday through Nov. 12.

    The pop-up will introduce customers to the retailer before CAP (the acronym stands for clean and pure) opens its first L.A.-area location in 2016.

    Jenni Kayne...

  • Dance fitness classes make exercise like a party
    Dance fitness classes make exercise like a party

    Fitness trainers say they are putting more dance moves in their routines, and high-profile trainer Shaun T has a dance workout called Cize for streaming or on DVD and at gyms including Bay Club in Santa Monica. Dancing is naturally social, and experts say that in dance fitness classes, students...

  • Serena & Lily opens new showroom on Melrose in West Hollywood
    Serena & Lily opens new showroom on Melrose in West Hollywood

    Sausalito-based Serena & Lily’s first store in Southern California is a lot like Los Angeles  -- relaxed, colorful and contemporary. 

    Anchored by a pair of long, tall islands in the back of the showroom, the sun-drenched space, opening Wednesday, has the feel of a retail store with a serious side for...

  • Plan Check is throwing a Gudetama party, and Hello Kitty isn't invited
    Plan Check is throwing a Gudetama party, and Hello Kitty isn't invited

    Hello Kitty gets all the glory. The not-exactly-a-cat Sanrio character has captured hearts around the world, but what about Gudetama? Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is showing some love to the new guy with a special Gudetama menu. He is an egg after all; a lazy, unmotivated egg, but an egg nonetheless....

  • Kate Hudson to host Fabletics fundraiser
    Kate Hudson to host Fabletics fundraiser

    Actress and Fabletics co-founder Kate Hudson is scheduled to host a shopping fundraiser to benefit Bright Pink on Thursday at the Fabletics boutique at The Village at Westfield Topanga.

    Guests can sip champagne and listen to music from DJ Alex Merrell while they shop. Merchandise will be 10% off,...

  • Vanessa Traina Snow opens a shoppable apartment on Melrose Place
    Vanessa Traina Snow opens a shoppable apartment on Melrose Place

    Vanessa Traina Snow, designer muse and stylish daughter of novelist Danielle Steel, has brought her home-as-store concept Apartment by the Line to Los Angeles, two years after opening in New York City’s Soho.

    Now open on Melrose Place, the second-floor store takes the retail trend of curation to...

  • Check out this coffee genius bar at the Verve Coffee Roasters in Beverly Grove
    Check out this coffee genius bar at the Verve Coffee Roasters in Beverly Grove

    Verve Coffee Roasters is now open in Beverly Grove. But what makes this location different from the one in downtown Los Angeles, and the other in West Hollywood? A Farmlevel Bar, also known as a coffee genius bar.

    Near the rear of the Santa Cruz-based roaster's Beverly Grove shop is the Farmlevel...

  • Meet burlesque star Dita Von Teese at Vintage Fashion Expo this weekend
    Meet burlesque star Dita Von Teese at Vintage Fashion Expo this weekend

    Entertainer Dita Von Teese is expected to be at this weekend's Vintage Fashion Expo, selling and signing a limited number of copies of her books, "Burlesque and the Art of the Teese" and "Dita: Striptease." (She has a new book, "Your Beauty Mark," due out Dec. 1.

    The expo is scheduled to take place...

  • Sushi Roku Hollywood is closing
    Sushi Roku Hollywood is closing

    The Hollywood location of Sushi Roku, Innovative Dining Group's sushi restaurant and lounge on 3rd Street, is closing after 18 years. The last day of service will be Oct. 17.

    IDG, which also owns Boa Steakhouse and Katana, will now focus its efforts on Roku, a soon-to-open flagship restaurant on...

  • Anne Sage offers mindful decorating tips in new book 'Sage Living'
    Anne Sage offers mindful decorating tips in new book 'Sage Living'

    Can mindful decorating inspire us to have the life we want? 

    Design writer and blogger Anne Sage thinks so.

    In her new book "Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want" (Chronicle Books, $30), the co-founder of Rue Magazine shares 28 interiors that have been designed with personal growth in mind.

    ...

  • Baseball star Evan Longoria snags a Spanish bungalow in West Hollywood
    Baseball star Evan Longoria snags a Spanish bungalow in West Hollywood

    Evan Longoria can forgo the team hotel for the comforts of home the next time the Tampa Bay Rays are in town to play the Angels or Dodgers. That's because the local baseball product and slugging third baseman has bought a house in West Hollywood for $1.95 million.

    Set within walled and gated grounds,...

  • Inside Tampa Bay Rays star Evan Longoria's new home in West Hollywood
    Inside Tampa Bay Rays star Evan Longoria's new home in West Hollywood

    Tampa Bay Rays slugger Evan Longoria has paid $1.95 million for a Spanish-style home in West Hollywood.

  • Village at Westfield Topanga to open this weekend in Woodland Hills
    Village at Westfield Topanga to open this weekend in Woodland Hills

    The Westfield Group's new open-air mall, the Village at Westfield Topanga, is set to open in Woodland Hills this weekend with scores of activities.

    The list includes yoga, bocce ball, dancing, story time for kids, cooking demonstrations, makeup applications, entertainment, artists  -- there's even...

  • Lululemon will soon have a new way to sell pants
    Lululemon will soon have a new way to sell pants

    Lululemon is changing the way customers shop for pants with a new selling concept that sorts pants by the way they feel rather than by style and size. 

    The redesigned pant wall, to debut in mid-September, will feature five categories of sensation:  relaxed, naked, held-in, hugged and tight (ranging...

  • The 10 best places to drink in L.A., according to Aussies
    The 10 best places to drink in L.A., according to Aussies

    Want to take a guess which Los Angeles establishments are on the radar for Australians visiting our fair city? In the latest issue of the Australian publication Gourmet Traveller Wine, writer Matt Skinner picks his top 10 drink experiences in Los Angeles.

    No surprise that Bar Covell is at the top...

  • How to order wine like a pro at Ink
    How to order wine like a pro at Ink

    In the five months Will Mountford has been the sommelier and wine director at Ink, he’s retooled the wine list to reflect his passion for natural wines.  Building a list to parallel chef Michael Voltaggio’s highly experimental cuisine is quite a different exercise than it was at Mountford’s previous...

  • Four Seasons adds posh condos near Beverly Hills
    Four Seasons adds posh condos near Beverly Hills

    Some of the most expensive condominiums in Los Angeles — highlighted by a $50-million penthouse — are slated to be built in a Four Seasons-brand complex on the edge of Beverly Hills.

    The posh 59-unit Four Seasons Private Residences-Los Angeles is scheduled to open in 2017 across the street from...

  • Back-to-school meets Endless Summer at Irvine Spectrum Center
    Back-to-school meets Endless Summer at Irvine Spectrum Center

    To ease the pain of going back to school, Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting its Endless Summer Festival, showcasing fall fashion trends from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

    YouTube vloggers Maddi Bragg and Suede Brooks are scheduled to present style closets filled with back-to-school looks during...

  • 'This ain't your grandma's bingo': Get ready for rollicking games at the Americana
    'This ain't your grandma's bingo': Get ready for rollicking games at the Americana

    "This ain't your Grandma's bingo" is the slogan for the "Legendary Bingo" parties hosted by Bingo Boy Inc.

    Bingo Boy is bringing its rollicking version of the game to the green at the Americana at Brand this month, with a series of three wacky Bingo Under the Stars events planned for Thursday (Aug....

  • Your guide to L.A.'s indoor cycling scene: Here's how SoulCycle stacks up against the rest
    Your guide to L.A.'s indoor cycling scene: Here's how SoulCycle stacks up against the rest

    In the late 1980s, a handsome, muscle-bound transplant to Santa Monica from South Africa called Johnny G (for Goldberg) came up with an idea for indoor cycling classes he called Spinning. Indoor cycling soon became a fitness mainstay, but he could hardly have anticipated the scene today.

    Los Angeles...

  • Miranda Kerr toasts fellow Aussies' new boutique on Melrose Place
    Miranda Kerr toasts fellow Aussies' new boutique on Melrose Place

    The Aussie fashion footprint in L.A. just got a whole lot bigger with the opening of the new 3,000-square-foot Zimmermann flagship on tony Melrose Place.

    Australian model Miranda Kerr, model/actress Chanel Iman, and actresses January Jones and Minka Kelly were among those who turned out for cocktails...

  • Fang Ten: Thaddeus O'Neil catches a vampire-surf wave for spring 2016
    Fang Ten: Thaddeus O'Neil catches a vampire-surf wave for spring 2016

    While we were slightly dismayed not to see any L.A.-based designers on the list of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists announced last week, we were happy to see Thaddeus O’Neil’s name on the list — for a couple of reasons.

    First, I had just become acquainted with the menswear label — having seen...

  • Where to find $1 oysters
    Where to find $1 oysters

    If you love slurping down oysters, pay attention. This is your one-stop guide to finding $1 oysters around town.

    There's a restaurant or bar offering $1 oysters every night of the week. So if you want to indulge nightly, you can. And if you do, we like the way you roll. 

    Bar 10: $1 oysters with...

  • Blue Bottle Coffee opens in Beverly Grove with coffee classes and grilled cheese
    Blue Bottle Coffee opens in Beverly Grove with coffee classes and grilled cheese

    Blue Bottle Coffee is now brewing in Beverly Grove. The Oakland-based roaster opened a shop in the neighborhood Tuesday. This is Blue Bottle's third location in Los Angeles; it also has outlets in Venice and the Arts District in downtown L.A.

    Blue Bottle's newest shop is on Beverly Boulevard at...

  • Redesigned Christofle: Classic glamour with a modern twist
    Redesigned Christofle: Classic glamour with a modern twist

    Known for its distinctive silverwork and tabletop pieces, the Parisian firm Christofle has established Studio Christofle on Melrose Place in Los Angeles as the international brand’s sole concept store. The interiors of the boutique, which opened in 2013 and are completely re-imagined on an annual...

  • First look at the new Estérel: New chef, new menu, new romantic garden patio
    First look at the new Estérel: New chef, new menu, new romantic garden patio

    Wondering what that swanky new restaurant is inside the Sofitel Los Angeles? The one with the garden patio that rivals a cottage landscape you'd find in the south of France?

    It's the same Estérel restaurant that's been at the hotel for years, but with a new chef, new menu, new cocktails, new private...

  • Beverly Grove office sale garners $556 per square foot
    Beverly Grove office sale garners $556 per square foot

    A five-story office building near the Grove shopping center in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles has been sold $19.6 million.

    Local real estate developer the Souferian Group sold the property at 8075 W. 3rd St. to Continental Development Corp., a Los Angeles real estate investment and...

  • Bling with a cheeky ring in Luis Gispert's 'Aqua Regia' exhibition
    Bling with a cheeky ring in Luis Gispert's 'Aqua Regia' exhibition

    Fourteen new works by Luis Gispert offer art as the high-end collector’s design equivalent of a hip-hop artist’s gold chains. There are plenty of different styles to flaunt and parade — Figaro, rope, curb, Byzantine, herringbone, bead and snake — each with intrinsic value inflated by context. All...

  • Happy hour buzz: Cochinita pibil, vegan tacos and margaritas at Toca Madera
    Happy hour buzz: Cochinita pibil, vegan tacos and margaritas at Toca Madera

    Long week? Just start thinking about tacos and margaritas, and you'll feel better. 

    If your commute takes you down 3rd Street in West Hollywood, you may have driven past Toca Madera. It's the new organic Mexican restaurant with the pretty facade, across from Sushi Roku. And often, there's either...

  • Father's Day: Where to find free Scotch, penny beers and AYCE bacon pancakes
    Father's Day: Where to find free Scotch, penny beers and AYCE bacon pancakes

    After years of Dad spotting you twenties, and a couple hundreds here and there, the least you can do for him is take him out for a good meal on Father's Day. Here are some restaurants and bars offering specials that include free Scotch and all-you-can-eat bacon pancakes. Enjoy.

    10e: This downtown...

  • Rob Lowe, Gwen Stefani, Naomi Campbell help Eric Buterbaugh celebrate his new floral boutique
    Rob Lowe, Gwen Stefani, Naomi Campbell help Eric Buterbaugh celebrate his new floral boutique

    Naomi Campbell, Gwen Stefani, Demi Moore, Mario Testino, Nicole Richie and more were among the starry crowd to turn out Thursday night for the opening of the Eric Buterbaugh Florals boutique in Los Angeles, and to celebrate his debut fragrance collection.

    “We were still planting and painting an...

  • Tenants decry eviction by landlord, the chair of state housing agency

    Tenants facing eviction from Beverly Grove rent-controlled apartments took their complaints against their landlord, a developer who also serves as chairman of the California Housing Finance Agency, to his latest luxury residential project Saturday afternoon.

    The group passed out fliers criticizing...

  • 'Vampire Diaries' creator Kevin Williamson sells Mediterranean house in Beverly Grove
    'Vampire Diaries' creator Kevin Williamson sells Mediterranean house in Beverly Grove

    Writer-producer Kevin Williamson has sold his gated house in the Beverly Grove area for $3.05 million.

    The “Dawson’s Creek” and “Vampire Diaries” creator bought a renovated century-old home in L.A.'s Windsor Square area about six months ago for $8.1 million.

    The contemporary Mediterranean he just...

  • Jose Andres' Bazaar hosts benefit dinner for foie gras chefs
    Jose Andres' Bazaar hosts benefit dinner for foie gras chefs

    Foie gras may have been declared legal in California, but that doesn’t mean the courtroom battles are over. And so a group of fans of the fatty liver are throwing a benefit dinner to raise funds to help offset some of the legal fees incurred during the fight.

    At José Andrés’ Bazaar at the SLS Hotel,...

  • Jar's Suzanne Tracht drinks mostly reds -- and pink bubbly
    Jar's Suzanne Tracht drinks mostly reds -- and pink bubbly

    Suzanne Tracht, chef/owner of Jar in Los Angeles, always had wine at the dinner table growing up. When she was starting out as a cook, her apprenticeship at the Arizona Biltmore included an eight-week course in wine. Now, at Jar, she says, “many of my customers send over a taste of their favorite...

  • Buyer pays a pretty penny for actress Shay Mitchell's place
    Buyer pays a pretty penny for actress Shay Mitchell's place

    Numbers don’t lie. Actress Shay Mitchell of “Pretty Little Liars” is sitting pretty after selling her home in the Beverly Grove area for more than its asking price. She ended up getting $1.95 million -- almost 3% above her $1.895 million asking price.

    The picture-perfect Spanish-style house, built...

  • Customized Chairs for Charity to benefit Habitat for Humanity
    Customized Chairs for Charity to benefit Habitat for Humanity

    A chair is a chair is a chair? Well, not always. The high-end Italian furniture manufacturer Promemoria has teamed with eight prestigious interior designers — including six local talents — to customize its Bilou Bilou dining chair in a “Chairs For Charity” auction. The one-of-a-kind chairs will...

  • Debbie Harry, Blondie and the early punk scene in photos
    Debbie Harry, Blondie and the early punk scene in photos

    The rooftop of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was bathed in crimson light, the neon glow lending glam nostalgia to a cocktail party that could only be described as a whirring bubble of ‘80s pop. Boy George, in his stiff-brimmed hat and copious eyeliner, huddled by the DJ table with a posse of friends....

  • Exhibition about Rolls-Royce's bespoke beauties coming to Los Angeles
    Exhibition about Rolls-Royce's bespoke beauties coming to Los Angeles

    The SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills will be transformed into a museum when "Inside Rolls-Royce" debuts Thursday. It's the last stop for the show's tour about the inner workings of the world's most luxurious bespoke car company.

    The show opened last year in London and has since traveled to Berlin, Shanghai...

  • Diana Al-Hadid sculptural paintings: Such beautiful decay
    Diana Al-Hadid sculptural paintings: Such beautiful decay

    The drip becomes form in Diana Al-Hadid’s latest work at Ohwow Gallery in Los Angeles. Known mostly for sculpture, the Brooklyn artist has more recently created wall works in which the paint appears to be floating on air. In nine pieces, including one spectacular, site-specific piece, Al-Hadid...

  • Paul Smith Los Angeles hosts Blondie bash, Chris Stein photo exhibition
    Paul Smith Los Angeles hosts Blondie bash, Chris Stein photo exhibition

    Thursday evening, barely three miles due west of the massive Paris Photo fair, Paul Smith Los Angeles was celebrating a photo exhibition of its own -- an unabashed Blondie bash that featured band members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein at the center of a celebrity scrum that included musicians Jody...

  • Kentucky Derby 2015: Where to sip a mint julep in the L.A. area
    Kentucky Derby 2015: Where to sip a mint julep in the L.A. area

    Where will you be during the two most exciting minutes in sports Saturday? If you won't be at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, make sure you've got a clear view of the starting gate on television, and a mint julep in your hand. Wearing the most outrageous hat you own will also help set the...

  • How I Made It: Advertising veteran Jimmy Smith
    How I Made It: Advertising veteran Jimmy Smith

    The gig: Advertising veteran Jimmy Smith, 53, has orchestrated award-winning work for brands including Nike and Gatorade, the latter involving the adoption of the more edgy "G" in packaging and marketing the sports drink. Since 2011, Smith has been chief executive and chief creative officer of...

  • Shay Mitchell puts her home in Beverly Grove up for sale
    Shay Mitchell puts her home in Beverly Grove up for sale

    Shay Mitchell of “Pretty Little Liars” has listed her home in the Beverly Grove area for $1.895 million.

    The Spanish-style house sits behind hedges, walls and an arched wooden gate. Built in 1931, the single-story has been redesigned with a subway-tile kitchen and crisp white and gray interiors....

  • Datebook: A film on losing words, bedsheet paintings, sculptures of salt
    Datebook: A film on losing words, bedsheet paintings, sculptures of salt

    A film about aphasia in downtown, poetic paintings in Venice, bedsheet erotica in Culver City and zines, zines, zines in Long Beach. Plus: wild abstractions, sculptures made of salt and collages of flowers crafted with gold leaf. Here’s what we’ve got in the Datebook:

    Kerry Tribe, “The Loste Note,”...

  • Seven places to get great finger-lickin' chicken wings in L.A.
    Seven places to get great finger-lickin' chicken wings in L.A.

    Eating chicken wings could be considered a sport. There's an art to nibbling every morsel of chicken from the bone, and licking every bit of sauce off your fingers takes stamina, and a palate of steel. 

    For the legions of wing fans in Los Angeles (there's an Instagram account devoted to girls eating...

  • Protesters block traffic, highlight violence against transgender people
    Protesters block traffic, highlight violence against transgender people

    Dozens of protesters shut down a busy intersection outside the Beverly Center during the evening rush hour Friday to call for an end to violence against transgender people.

    As horns blared and police helicopters circled, protesters marched into the center of the intersection at 3rd Street and La...

  • Protesters block traffic, highlight violence against transgender people
    Protesters block traffic, highlight violence against transgender people

    Dozens of transgender activists shut down the intersection of 3rd Street and La Cienega Boulevard outside the Beverly Center for about half an hour Friday evening.

    The protest, called Spring into Love, was organized by advocacy groups to protest violence against transgender people. Since June,...

  • Norms restaurant moves closer to designation as L.A. historic monument
    Norms restaurant moves closer to designation as L.A. historic monument

    A Norms restaurant famous for its zigzagging architectural lines moved one step closer Thursday to becoming a historic and cultural monument.

    Architecture buffs rallied this year to save the 24-hour, retro restaurant after learning a new owner had obtained a permit to demolish the '50s building...

  • L.A. neighborhoods closer to getting temporary mansionization limits
    L.A. neighborhoods closer to getting temporary mansionization limits

    Los Angeles lawmakers are poised to impose temporary restrictions on tear-downs in neighborhoods where residents fear mansionization -- the phenomenon of homes being demolished and replaced with bigger buildings that critics see as too large for their lots.

    The rules -- which vary neighborhood...

  • Rick Caruso plans to build luxury apartment building near Beverly Center
    Rick Caruso plans to build luxury apartment building near Beverly Center

    Developer Rick Caruso's super-swanky apartment building near the Beverly Center in Los Angeles may soon have a newer, bigger counterpart.

    Caruso, who also developed the nearby Grove shopping center, has applied for city permission to erect a $155-million building with 154 units at the busy intersection...

  • Los Angeles restaurants with special deals on wine and corkage
    Los Angeles restaurants with special deals on wine and corkage

    Wine lovers who bring wine to restaurants are usually happy to pay a reasonable corkage fee for the privilege of drinking their own special bottles. Others bring their own wine because it’s less expensive than buying off a wine list with high mark-ups.

    But not everybody knows that some restaurants...

  • How the creators of 'High Maintenance' have lit up the Internet
    How the creators of 'High Maintenance' have lit up the Internet

    The premise is simple. In every episode, a character known simply as "The Guy" makes a delivery to New Yorkers in need of marijuana. The customers might be a high-strung executive assistant, an obsessive shut-in with an ill mother or a pair of earnest, kombucha-swilling crunchies with a mouse problem....

  • Harold Perrineau lists house in West Hollywood for sale
    Harold Perrineau lists house in West Hollywood for sale

    Harold Perrineau, who was part of the cast of castaways on “Lost,” has listed a house in West Hollywood at $2.695 million.

    The Spanish contemporary compound retains features of its 1920s character including a Juliette balcony, beamed ceilings, arched windows and a curved staircase.

    The walled-and-gated...

  • So the S&M-themed 'R100' is meant to be funny?
    So the S&M-themed 'R100' is meant to be funny?

    Like some lunatic hybrid of David Fincher's "The Game" and Takashi Miike's "Audition" reimagined as a comedy, "R100" revolves around a one-year subscription to an S&M service — much like a fruit-of-the-month club, only with a selection of dominatrixes paying surprise visits to administer an assortment...

  • L.A. to consider preservation of Googie-style Norms on La Cienega
    L.A. to consider preservation of Googie-style Norms on La Cienega

    Fans of modern architecture are pushing to make the retro, angular building that has long housed Norms on La Cienega Boulevard a historic and cultural monument, worried that the beloved '50s building could be at risk.

    Those fans won an initial victory Thursday when a Los Angeles city commission...

  • Fearing demolition, fans push to make Norms a cultural monument
    Fearing demolition, fans push to make Norms a cultural monument

    Fans of modern architecture, worried that another beloved 1950s building could be lost, are pushing to have the retro, angular structure that has long housed Norms restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard declared a historic and cultural monument.

    They won an initial victory Thursday when a Los Angeles...

  • Datebook: Brazil artist books, underground photos & Guerrilla Girls
    Datebook: Brazil artist books, underground photos & Guerrilla Girls

    Photographic surveys of underground communities, a Brazilian artist’s books and films, a fictional perfume campaign and an array of naughty erotic drawings. Plus: maps made of wax, art in a pit and a performance by artist-activists the Guerrilla Girls. It’s all going down all around SoCal:

    “Brian...

  • Step out, then duck into these L.A. hot spots for a drink
    Step out, then duck into these L.A. hot spots for a drink

    The holidays are a time to socialize, and for some of us that means an uptick in cocktail consumption. Where to go is always a question because There'seach hot spot comes with its own vibe, favorite cocktails and dress code. Where might you fit in? We've got a few suggestions.

    Brilliantshine

    The...

  • Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills to close after 30 years
    Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills to close after 30 years

    Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills has announced it will close its doors at the end of the year. The restaurant has been serving its signature mix of French and Japanese cuisine for the past 30 years. 

    "Throughout the three decades of service, we've made many friends and great memories," Yuta Tsunoda,...

  • Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat
    Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

    Fans of Spam know that it can actually be pretty great stuff. Sure, it's a chunk of gelatinous, salty meat in a little blue can, but when you put it in the hands of trained professionals, or your grandmother, it can be pure magic. 

    If you didn't grow up eating Spam, or consider it mystery meat,...

  • Trash truck fatally strikes pedestrian in Beverly Grove
    Trash truck fatally strikes pedestrian in Beverly Grove

    A 60-year-old woman was struck and killed by a garbage truck Thursday morning in Beverly Grove.

    Police believe the woman was crossing West Third Street at Almont Drive at 8 a.m. when she was hit by the city sanitation truck, said Los Angeles Police Officer Dan Hankins.

    The truck's driver was attempting...

  • Happy Hour: Spretzels, mussels, half-off wines by the glass at Cooks County
    Happy Hour: Spretzels, mussels, half-off wines by the glass at Cooks County

    Name of restaurant: Cooks County

    Happy hour: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. Regardless of what's on the menu, this is a happy hour you can actually make it to if you get off work at 6 p.m. On top of that, every wine by the glass is half-off and there's Racer 5 IPA ($3.50) and Stiegl Gold ($4.50)....

  • Cinefamily tribute to Robert Downey Sr. to have father and son visit
    Cinefamily tribute to Robert Downey Sr. to have father and son visit

    As its annual fundraiser this year, the Cinefamily has organized a series of events under the banner "Truth and Soul, Inc.: The films of Robert Downey, Sr. (A Prince)" as a tribute to the irreverent counterculture filmmaker. The program begins Friday night with a first-time on-stage conversation...

  • Where to get a great chocolate chip cookie in L.A.
    Where to get a great chocolate chip cookie in L.A.

    Sure, it's the holiday season, when we're all supposed to be baking pies or sugar cookies shaped like elves or stars or candy canes. But sometimes you just want a chocolate chip cookie, preferably a very good one — and at this point, preferably baked by somebody else. 

    Fortunately, there are many...

  • Free Philly cheesesteaks at The Bazaar
    Free Philly cheesesteaks at The Bazaar

    José Andrés, chef at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel, is in town. And to celebrate, he's giving away free Philly cheesesteaks Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. 

    If you've ever tried Andrés' Philly cheesesteak, you'll know better than to expect steak, onions and peppers on a roll. And don't even think about cheese...

  • Datebook: Hallucinatory Satterwhite, Albuquerque in Antarctica
    Datebook: Hallucinatory Satterwhite, Albuquerque in Antarctica

    Striking street images from the Prague Spring, the surreal virtual worlds generated by an artist and his mother, photography that blurs the line between fact and fiction, and a talk by a prominent Guatemalan performance artist on art in our heady political age. There’s lots going on in Greater...

  • L.A. council moves to curb teardowns in 'mansionization' hot spots
    L.A. council moves to curb teardowns in 'mansionization' hot spots

    Los Angeles lawmakers unanimously voted Tuesday to draft rules that would temporarily curb demolitions in more than a dozen neighborhoods where residents have bemoaned “mansionization” – homes being knocked down and replaced with bigger buildings seen as too large for their lots.

    Planning officials...

  • Preech pops up, Gabrielle Hamilton at Lucques, Alma joins Shopwalk
    Preech pops up, Gabrielle Hamilton at Lucques, Alma joins Shopwalk

    Everyone knows Suzanne Tracht at Jar, but ever since the restaurant opened in 2001, there’s been a secret weapon in the kitchen, chef de cuisine Preech Narkthong. Now he’s stepping out from the shadows.

    This month Jar is kicking off Monday Night With Preech, a weekly series of prix-fixe dinners...

  • Pork chop feasts at L.A.-area restaurants
    Pork chop feasts at L.A.-area restaurants

    My husband loves to tell the story of a restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y., where, in his memory, a huge pork chop was served with a knife sticking out of it. And while he dug into that chop, a crescendo of arguing and cursing issued from the kitchen. Apparently one of the cooks had suddenly realized...

  • Chef of the moment: James Trees spices it up at Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill
    Chef of the moment: James Trees spices it up at Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill

    James Trees is the executive chef at the newly opened Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill, an Indonesian-focused steakhouse in West Hollywood.

    Trees, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, has worked at Le Bernardin, spent a month at Fat Duck in Britain and opened five restaurants...

  • Who's got the best white truffles in L.A.? Here are some candidates
    Who's got the best white truffles in L.A.? Here are some candidates

    It’s the beginning of November and Italophiles know exactly what that means: white truffles. And Los Angeles chefs are celebrating the season with elaborate and accomplished truffle dishes and menus.

    Here’s a sampling of truffle dishes and special menus, most available now through the end of the...

  • Hello Kitty eats! Celebrate 40th anniversary with a movable feast
    Hello Kitty eats! Celebrate 40th anniversary with a movable feast

    If nibbling on a Hello Kitty pizza with nori whiskers or slurping up a pink frothy boba topped with fresh strawberries sounds enticing, Sanrio can make those savory and sweet dreams come true.

    Hello Kitty fans are now roaming the city ordering Sanrio’s Hungry Hunt dishes and treats and collecting...

  • Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley
    Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley

    Lady Gaga has shelled out $23 million to bowl in Malibu.

    Set on an ocean-view six acres, the gated Mediterranean-style villa she hooked was built in 2005 and features open-concept living and dining rooms, high ceilings with exposed beams, numerous chandeliers and, yes, a two-lane Brunswick bowling...

  • Foreign travelers spending more on U.S. trips
    Foreign travelers spending more on U.S. trips

    International travelers have spent $150 billion visiting the U.S. in the first eight months of the year, a 5% increase over the same period last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported Friday.

    Meanwhile, Americans who traveled abroad in that same period spent $96.4 billion, creating a trade...

  • 'Bronies': When men love 'My Little Pony' too much
    'Bronies': When men love 'My Little Pony' too much

    Nothing in “Bronies: The Musical,” at the Third Street Theater, is as hard to credit as the existence of bronies: adult, primarily male fans of “My Little Pony.”

    If bronies are real — and according to the Internet, they are — then our very standards of plausibility must be recalibrated, or jettisoned...

  • First look: Compartés chocolatier to open on Melrose Place on Sunday
    First look: Compartés chocolatier to open on Melrose Place on Sunday

    The next time you walk through Alfred Coffee and Kitchen on Melrose Place, you may notice a brightly lighted chocolate wonderland just down the stairs in the back. Compartés, the high-end chocolatier with a store in Brentwood, is opening a second outlet on Melrose Place on Sunday. Customers looking...

  • Celebrate 'French Roots' cookbook from longtime Chez Panisse chef Jean-Pierre Moullé and his wife, Denise
    Celebrate 'French Roots' cookbook from longtime Chez Panisse chef Jean-Pierre Moullé and his wife, Denise

    Everybody who enjoyed Jean-Pierre Moullé's cooking at Chez Panisse during his storied 30-year tenure as executive chef at the iconic Berkeley restaurant has been waiting for this book for years. Moullé and his wife, Denise, have written “French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries & the Beautiful Food...

  • Tig Notaro's return to stand-up at Largo, site of the 'masterful' set that changed her life
    Tig Notaro's return to stand-up at Largo, site of the 'masterful' set that changed her life

    Tig Notaro’s 2012 stand-up set at Largo in Los Angeles is now the stuff of comedy legend: That night Notaro revealed to the audience that she had Stage 2, bilateral breast cancer. She then brilliantly spun the life-altering news into a candid but hilarious half-hour of stand-up. Louis C.K., who...

  • Where to find sherry at Los Angeles area restaurants and wine shops
    Where to find sherry at Los Angeles area restaurants and wine shops

    Where to drink

    Bar Pintxo: Joe Miller's tribute to Spain's little dishes serves about 15 sherries by the glass. Wine buyer Chris Keller's favorites? Fino and Pedro Ximénez from the small producer El Maestro Sierra, and Gutierrez Colosia's  "Sangre y Trabajadero" Oloroso. They do sherry flights...

  • Yogascape gives a warm glow amid inspiring scenes
    Yogascape gives a warm glow amid inspiring scenes

    I seem to be a permanent yoga newbie. I hate sitting cross-legged, and that always gets in the way despite my yoga-fan friends' insistence that it doesn't matter. So I reluctantly agreed to try another yoga class. Yogascape, held in a room heated to about 94 degrees, lets participants escape to...

  • Taco María Indie Chefs Week, cake decorating class, LQ Foodings pop-up Pasadena
    Taco María Indie Chefs Week, cake decorating class, LQ Foodings pop-up Pasadena

    Taco María will co-host Indie Chefs Week Oct. 16 to 18 with multi-course dinners prepared by multiple chefs. The event will feature a selection of chefs from Orange County including Jason Quinn and Zach Scherer from The Playground, Eric Samaniego from Little Sparrow, Aron Habiger from The North...

  • Still waiting for 'Game of Thrones'? Here's a beer to make it easier
    Still waiting for 'Game of Thrones'? Here's a beer to make it easier

    There are still many long months before HBO’s beloved "Game of Thrones" returns, and even longer until author George R. R. Martin finishes the next book in the series, but at least fans can drown their sorrows in another "GOT"-inspired beer from Brewery Ommegang while they wait.

    The fourth beer...

  • Cafe Bustelo coffee pop-up, Four Seasons kids cooking class, Sunset & Dine
    Cafe Bustelo coffee pop-up, Four Seasons kids cooking class, Sunset & Dine

    Cuban-style espresso brand Cafe Bustelo is hosting a pop-up cafe in Los Angeles from Friday to Sunday and from Oct. 10 to 12. There will be free coffee, wi-fi, more freebies and a lineup of live acoustic bands and DJs. Complimentary coffee drinks will include espresso with or without milk, sweet...

  • Weekend Gallery Report: Cut-ups, abstraction and the Quran illuminated
    Weekend Gallery Report: Cut-ups, abstraction and the Quran illuminated

    Chinese sculpture, Iranian video, abstraction, figuration, cut-ups from the 1960s and an American artist who has taken it upon himself to illuminate the Quran. This past Saturday, I managed to get in a round of gallery hopping in the afternoon hours. It was a bit of a testosterone-fest, with works...

  • Chef of the Moment: Brilliantshine's Richie Lopez and the new bar food
    Chef of the Moment: Brilliantshine's Richie Lopez and the new bar food

    Richie Lopez is executive chef of Brilliantshine, the new Santa Monica bar and restaurant helmed by mixologist team Julian Cox and Josh Goldman (who call it a “coastal saloon”). Lopez, who was born in Lima, Peru, where he grew up helping his mother prepare family meals, moved to Los Angeles 10...

  • Denim gets a second life with stylish recycles
    Denim gets a second life with stylish recycles

    There's just no telling how many hours of effort jeans companies have put in trying to get the perfect faded denim, that combination of wear, washes and whiskering that's so prized. Now some of them are turning to a surplus of already existing well-worn denim as the not-so-raw material for new...

  • 10 places to get uni, beyond the sushi bar
    10 places to get uni, beyond the sushi bar

    Now that foie gras is just a delicious ghost of our culinary past, uni is the delicacy with top billing on every trend-conscious menu in L.A.

    It’s a strange food, when you think about it. How did anyone know to open up a spiny sea urchin and feast on its goopy orange gonads? Because of its unusual...

  • Edible chocolate-dipped waffle coffee cups at Alfred Coffee & Kitchen in L.A.
    Edible chocolate-dipped waffle coffee cups at Alfred Coffee & Kitchen in L.A.

    New Yorkers may have the Cronut, but Angelenos now have the edible coffee cup.

    Alfred Coffee & Kitchen on Melrose Place in Los Angeles is selling a chocolate-dipped waffle cone coffee cup called the Alfred Cone. Try saying all that three times fast.  

    It's a 4-ounce waffle cone dipped in milk chocolate...

  • Gap's Dress Normal campaign pops up in L.A.
    Gap's Dress Normal campaign pops up in L.A.

    For fall, Gap's theme is "Dress Normal," and the retailer has created a traveling pop-up display to show what that means in cities across the country.

    The Dress Normal Project is scheduled to launch in L.A. this week before traveling on to Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta and Brooklyn, N.Y. Stylist/costume...

  • B.o.s. closing, Pistola, Hutchinson Indonesian steakhouse opening soon
    B.o.s. closing, Pistola, Hutchinson Indonesian steakhouse opening soon

    B.o.s., David Bartnes' "nose to tail" restaurant in downtown's Little Tokyo announced it will close Sept. 27. The restaurant issued a statement on its website saying they were "unable to generate enough buzz to keep up with the high costs of maintaining a nose-to-tail restaurant" in that location....

  • Opening Ceremony possibility: A store in every big city
    Opening Ceremony possibility: A store in every big city

    If there is one store that has shaped fashion retail in the 21st century, it's Opening Ceremony.

    Founded by California natives Carol Lim and Humberto Leon in New York's SoHo in 2002, Opening Ceremony was conceived as a shopping version of the Olympics, featuring emerging designers from a different...

  • Has Fred Segal gone from L.A. cool to tepid with moves to LAX, Vegas?
    Has Fred Segal gone from L.A. cool to tepid with moves to LAX, Vegas?

    Once upon a time, Fred Segal was the epitome of SoCal cool — a collection of stores where shoppers discovered the next big thing, where designers pitched their wares hoping to be discovered, where other retailers walked the floor hoping some of its magic would rub off.

    It's difficult to imagine...

  • Datebook: Art's fall season begins this weekend -- the best openings
    Datebook: Art's fall season begins this weekend -- the best openings

    A history of the avant-garde in Orange County, an installation that takes a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. as a point of inspiration, sound as heard by deaf ears and an L.A. freeway in mirrors. The art season is starting to get rolling and it’s busy, busy, busy. Here’s what’s going down in the...

  • La Perla opens new-concept boutique at South Coast Plaza
    La Perla opens new-concept boutique at South Coast Plaza

    Lingerie purveyor La Perla has opened a new-concept boutique at South Coast Plaza.

    La Perla has been reshaping its image since it was acquired by holding company Pacific Global Management. The retooled retail concept started with its flagships in London and Milan last winter, and the new boutique...

  • Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch
    Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch

    Peter Koral, founder of 7 For All Mankind premium denim company, is opening a Blaze Pizza in South Gate today. To celebrate, the restaurant will offer free build-your-own pizzas on Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a free pizza, just follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. If...

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