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Lawyer looks to unseat L.A. Councilman Paul Koretz on the Westside

A lawyer who is working to bring housing for homeless veterans to the Westside said Tuesday that he's running to unseat Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz in next year's municipal election. Attorney Jesse Max Creed filed paperwork earlier this week to raise money for a campaign in Koretz's...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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    Amir Zaki seeks clarity in photographs

    The title of Amir Zaki's absorbing show at ACME, "Seeking Clarity," ought to come with an asterisk and the aside, "But Also Intentionally Subverting It." The L.A.-based photographer presents two bodies of work here, and one of them gives the show's title an ironic twist. The "Sliver" series features...

  • Jorge Pardo's 'Dads Cuba' at 1301PE is a lesson in everyday pleasures

    Jorge Pardo's 'Dads Cuba' at 1301PE is a lesson in everyday pleasures

    Jorge Pardo was born in Cuba in 1963. He moved to the U.S. when he was 6 and didn’t visit Cuba for 43 years, when his work was included in the 2012 Havana Biennial. That installation, titled “Dads Cuba,” has been reinstalled at 1301PE. It’s vintage Pardo: casually magnificent. In Cuba, “Dads Cuba”...

  • Albert Contreras sticks to Xs and O's to powerful effect

    Albert Contreras sticks to Xs and O's to powerful effect

    For the last five years, Albert Contreras has been making two kinds of paintings: Xs and O’s. Plenty of artists have similarly stripped their works down to the basics, especially since Minimalism made art safe for less-is-more thinking. But no other painter has managed to pack so much punch — and...

  • Aaron Morse at Acme: Paintings of sublime worlds gone wrong

    Aaron Morse at Acme: Paintings of sublime worlds gone wrong

    Aaron Morse’s new paintings suggest, ever so subtly, that something has gone god-awfully wrong with the world we live in. The elusiveness of the problem intensifies the strength of Morse’s user-friendly pictures, not to mention their emotional impact and intellectual heft. At Acme, every one of...

  • Broken rules, standout sculpture at Marc Foxx

    Broken rules, standout sculpture at Marc Foxx

    An untitled group exhibition at Marc Foxx stands out as one of the best sculpture shows in recent memory. Making no big claims or overblown pronouncements, the nine-artist show demonstrates that unassuming idiosyncrasy is sculpture’s strong suit. This doesn’t distinguish it from painting, photography...

  • Datebook: Artsy video games, Herzog's pix, Kara Walker and the Broad

    Datebook: Artsy video games, Herzog's pix, Kara Walker and the Broad

    A video game inspired by the influence of the Vietnam War in our culture, the photographs of Werner Herzog, the drawings of a witchy woman and a German documentary about a convicted art forger. Not to mention Kara Walker and Ava DuVernay in conversation, as part of the Broad’s “Un-Private Collection”...

  • A thoroughly engaging Matthew Ronay at Marc Foxx
    A thoroughly engaging Matthew Ronay at Marc Foxx

    Matthew Ronay’s latest exhibition at Marc Foxx is a fanciful, candy-colored wonderland. Arrayed on interconnected circles of bright red fabric are sixteen, modestly scaled but fantastical constructions that together create a kind of Seussian altarpiece to fecundity.

    The carefully carved, intensely...

  • Hundreds protest climate change along 2 miles of Wilshire Boulevard
    Hundreds protest climate change along 2 miles of Wilshire Boulevard

    Hundreds of people protesting climate change picketed street corners Saturday along a 2-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

    The spread-out rally was one of seven staged in cities across California as a preview of a demonstration expected to draw as many as 400,000 on Sunday in New...

  • Renovated 1926 home in Carthay Circle shows its past yet feels modern
    Renovated 1926 home in Carthay Circle shows its past yet feels modern

    Liz Dennery Sanders and husband Peter Sanders had been looking for a corner-lot house in Carthay Circle for more than a year when they saw a For Sale sign go up on their street.

    "The day I saw that sign I thought 'This is meant to be,'" said Dennery Sanders, who owns SheBrand, a brand consulting...

  • Ex-pro boxer Exum Speight to stand trial in 1987 death of manager
    Ex-pro boxer Exum Speight to stand trial in 1987 death of manager

    A former professional boxer will stand trial for murder in the 1987 slaying of his manager, a Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday.

    Exum Speight, who turns 51 next week, was arrested and charged in September in connection with the death of Douglas Stumler, who was beaten and killed inside his West L.A....

  • Jeffry Mitchell tenderly subverts at Ambach & Rice
    Jeffry Mitchell tenderly subverts at Ambach & Rice

    What to make of art that greets you with a friendly "HELLO"? That encourages you to "SMILE!" That abounds in flowers and frills and kitty cats?

    In the case of Jeffry Mitchell's work, be grateful. Accept the invitation in the open spirit with which it is extended. The Seattle-based artist's work,...

  • City Council's political trump card raises abuse of power accusations
    City Council's political trump card raises abuse of power accusations

    When Los Angeles rewrote its City Charter in the '90s, the City Council was dealt a political trump card intended to keep decisions by a wide array of citizen commissions in check.

    Using authority granted them to review and overturn decisions made by panels overseeing city agencies, lawmakers have...

  • Michael Decker's 'New Car Smell' at Ambach & Rice
    Michael Decker's 'New Car Smell' at Ambach & Rice

    Commercial branding has been a feature of many artists’ work, from Andy Warhol and his ‘60s soup cans and Brillo boxes to Larry Mantello’s souvenir-shop assemblages and the Art Guys’ logo-covered performance gear since the ‘90s. “New Car Smell,” Michael Decker’s solo at Ambach & Rice, pushes branding...

  • Paul Winstanley conjures a reflective expressiveness at 1301PE
    Paul Winstanley conjures a reflective expressiveness at 1301PE

    An evocative reversal marks eight recent paintings in luminous oil and wax by British artist Paul Winstanley. Part of a larger series of 27, their common subject is art school -- the studios and classrooms now ubiquitous in the training of artists.

    All of Winstanley’s paintings at 1301PE gallery...

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    Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: Meals by Genet

  • L.A. is bogged down in trying to save its historic structures
    L.A. is bogged down in trying to save its historic structures

    Los Angeles' Historic Preservation Overlay Zone ordinance, passed in 1979, allows a neighborhood to petition the city for designation as a historic district. If the designation is approved, any significant changes to structures within the zone require special approval from a panel made up of residents,...

  • L.A. Unified overturns changes at Carthay Center Elementary

    The Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday overturned a principal’s decision to replace half of the teachers at Carthay Center Elementary when it converts to a magnet school next year, allowing any teacher who applied to stay at the campus to do so.

    The decision is a victory for a group...

  • After protests, LAUSD to review changes at Mid-City school

    After protests by parents, Los Angeles Unified School District officials announced Tuesday they will review a principal’s decision to replace half of the teachers at Carthay Center Elementary when it converts to a magnet school.

    The school system also announced that Principal Crystal Campbell-Shirley...

  • CicLAvia draws thousands down six-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard
    CicLAvia draws thousands down six-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard

    The ninth edition of the CicLAvia festival attracts thousands eager to abandon their cars for the day in favor of bicycles and other modes of non-polluting transportation.

  • CicLAvia: Organizers proclaim another success
    CicLAvia: Organizers proclaim another success

    Organizers of the car-free CicLAvia event proclaimed the latest outing a success.

    Thousands of people took to the street Sunday on bicycles, skateboards, and on foot for the event, which spanned six miles of Wilshire Boulevard, from downtown to the Miracle Mile area.

    Event spokesman Robert Gard...

  • CicLAvia to transform Wilshire Boulevard into car-free zone Sunday
    CicLAvia to transform Wilshire Boulevard into car-free zone Sunday

    CicLAvia, the city's increasingly popular cycling-oriented event, will once again transform traffic congested Wilshire Boulevard into a car-free zone on Sunday.

    Thousands are expected to bike, stroll, run and walk the six-mile route from One Wilshire in downtown Los Angeles to the Miracle Mile...

  • Review: The figure in flux, sculpted from scraps
    Review: The figure in flux, sculpted from scraps

    Method is nearly all in Karen Sargsyan's wall-mounted portraits and tabletop tableaux at Ambach & Rice.

    Sargsyan, born in Armenia and living in the Netherlands, sculpts from cut paper, layering planes and curling petals, building dimensionality from flat scraps.

    It's a curious technique infused...

  • Review: Matt Lipps' 'Library' of photographic images
    Review: Matt Lipps' 'Library' of photographic images

    A critical mass of artists emerging in the '70s whose work responded to image saturation in the media and everyday life -- among them Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince -- came to be known as the Pictures Generation.

    It could be argued that, thanks to the kudzu-like claims of the...

  • Art review: Natalie Frank makes a big, riveting mess at Acme
    Art review: Natalie Frank makes a big, riveting mess at Acme

    Raw talent, restless energy and the sense that something has gone very wrong run every which way in Natalie Frank’s new paintings, which turn themselves inside out with such wicked swiftness that it’s hard to know up from down, good from bad, us from them.

    The New York painter is no purist. Titled...

  • Review: Albert Contreras comes full circle with thrilling new work
    Review: Albert Contreras comes full circle with thrilling new work

    Albert Contreras is making the best paintings of his life. One hundred and eighteen of them, all made over the last few months, fill Peter Mendenhall Gallery with enough luscious color to put a sunset to shame.

    Next to the 81-year-old-artist’s glitter-sprinkled paintings, Liberace’s costumes look...

  • Art review: Eric Yahnker at Ambach & Rice
    Art review: Eric Yahnker at Ambach & Rice

    Eric Yahnker demonstrates a wayward knack for juxtaposing found images and objects from modern mass culture.Merge Leonardo DiCaprio on the prow of the Titanic with an open-armed Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea as Moses, and the refined colored-pencil and pastel drawing shows an ambiguous, even...

  • Art review: Iva Gueorguieva at ACME
    Art review: Iva Gueorguieva at ACME

    Chaos has been called a science of surprises, and Iva Gueorguieva's paintings, drawings and relief-sculptures are nothing if not a rigorous embrace of the chaotic. But the turbulence in her work also seems as bracingly orchestrated as it is random and haphazard.Six recent paintings on linen or...

  • Parking issue leads to stolen-car report -- and then an LAPD chase
    Parking issue leads to stolen-car report -- and then an LAPD chase

    Every now and then, a Los Angeles Department of Transportation employee may run across a stolen car while doing routine parking enforcement. It’s just not every day that the thief is still inside the car.

    But that’s just what happened Monday morning, Los Angeles police said, when an LADOT worker...

  • Jesta Digital
    Angry Birds players scammed by fake 'virus detected' ads, FTC says

    A Los Angeles digital marketing company scammed "a substantial number" of Angry Birds players through deceptive banner ads, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint.

    Jesta Digital agreed to a $1.2-million settlement with the FTC. On top of that, the company agreed to give refunds to customers...

  • Review: William Wegman, before the dogs, at Marc Selwyn
    Review: William Wegman, before the dogs, at Marc Selwyn

    “He took two pictures. One came out” is a nifty little exhibition that, like a time capsule, takes viewers back to the 1970s, when William Wegman was just getting started as an artist and had not yet become famous for staging funny pictures of Weimaraners, often making them look more human than...

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