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  • E.P. & L.P.'s Louis Tikaram digs up favorite Fijian flavors

    E.P. & L.P.'s Louis Tikaram digs up favorite Fijian flavors

    Ask many people about their favorite meal, and they might name a Michelin-starred restaurant. For 29-year-old Australian chef Louis Tikaram, it involves a pit in the ground and plenty of dirt. Tikaram, who will head the kitchen at E.P. & L.P. (for "extended play and long play"), a restaurant and...

  • 9 great grain bowls at L.A. restaurants

    9 great grain bowls at L.A. restaurants

    If you find yourself at a new L.A. restaurant lit with Edison light bulbs, and outfitted with repurposed wood, chances are you'll see a grain bowl on the menu. No longer solely associated with health food stores and post yoga session sustenance, grain bowls have become a satisfying one-dish meal...

  • Where to find ponchiks, or Armenian doughnuts: Big, small, Nutella-filled

    Where to find ponchiks, or Armenian doughnuts: Big, small, Nutella-filled

    While not as fluffy as a Berliner, beignet or bombolone, the Armenian doughnut ponchik is still easy to crave. Traditionally filled with a sweet custard, ponchiks can also be found in Armenian bakeries around town, filled with dulce de leche and various jams and especially Nutella, which seems...

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  • 'Zombie' Target project in Hollywood may get new life from L.A. City Council

    'Zombie' Target project in Hollywood may get new life from L.A. City Council

    The long-running saga of a partially built Target shopping center in Hollywood took another twist Tuesday, with the city’s latest attempt at approving the project derailed by a disagreement over a child-care facility.Target’s three-story shopping center has stood empty on Sunset Boulevard since...

  • Man, 65, found dead in Koreatown apartment fire

    Man, 65, found dead in Koreatown apartment fire

    A 65-year-old man was found dead Wednesday after a fire at a Koreatown apartment, authorities said. The fire was reported shortly before 9 p.m. in the 400 block of South Hobart Boulevard, said Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 40 firefighters knocked...

  • Where to find khao soi in L.A.: 5 great places for the addictive northern Thai curry soup

    Where to find khao soi in L.A.: 5 great places for the addictive northern Thai curry soup

    When the weather finally cools down to what we might consider proper soup weather, you might want to head to Thai Town and its environs, where you can find bowls of immensely comforting khao soi. This would be the northern Thai coconut curry soup, loaded with noodles, often (but not always) a leg...

  • How much house does $750,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    How much house does $750,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    What kind of house does about $750,000 buy in Los Angeles County? In East Hollywood, a Colonial Craftsman with period details. In Topanga, a tree-topped retreat. And, yes, a home in Malibu. Here’s a larger look of homes for sale at that price point. STUDIO CITY: A white picket fence and a blue...

  • Joanna Newsom geeks out on the secret weapon of 'Divers' -- the mixing board

    Joanna Newsom geeks out on the secret weapon of 'Divers' -- the mixing board

    The musician Joanna Newsom's fourth album, "Divers," arrived Friday to a devoted fan base eager to start studying its 11 songs. The highly anticipated record was mostly created in Los Angeles and recorded by Steve Albini and Noah Georgeson. It took nearly four years to make.   Her fans are a patient...

  • Joanna Newsom calls Spotify 'a villainous cabal' and 'a garbage system'

    Joanna Newsom calls Spotify 'a villainous cabal' and 'a garbage system'

    Joanna Newsom is not a fan of Spotify, or bananas. During a recent conversation with the composer, harp player and singer about her forthcoming album, "Divers," she compared the two after admitting she has a severe aversion to the fruit. "I’ve walked out of grocery stores because I can tell that...

  • Get a bowl of Honduran conch soup at Lempira
    Get a bowl of Honduran conch soup at Lempira

    Name of restaurant: Lempira, which is named after the Lencan chief who unified the native tribes to fight against the Conquistadores. (The Honduran unit of currency is also named after him.)

    Owners: Ernesto Gomez and his live-in partner Maria Medinaun, who own the place, have been running the restaurant...

  • More caffeine for you: Where to get a coffee flight
    More caffeine for you: Where to get a coffee flight

    If you tend to linger at coffee shops long enough to order at least two drinks, or if you like the idea of comparing coffees from different countries side by side, then you'll likely enjoy a coffee flight.

    Similar to a beer or wine flight, a coffee flight consists of two or more drinks assembled...

  • Datebook: Digital manipulations, abstracted canvases, sculptures from trash
    Datebook: Digital manipulations, abstracted canvases, sculptures from trash

    Abstract works that reflect on spirituality. Digital pieces that play with our image-saturated world. And a sculptor who embeds his sculptures, guerrilla-style, on the street. Plus: paintings about California and our oceans of trash. Here are five shows to see this week:

    Diane Silver, "Sacrament,"...

  • Do you know what a Guatemalan breakfast is? Here are 6 places to find out
    Do you know what a Guatemalan breakfast is? Here are 6 places to find out

    What better way to celebrate Better Breakfast Month this September than by branching out from smoothies or cereal to something you might not have tried before -- Guatemalan food?

    Guatemalans are so serious about breakfast that some restaurants open as early as 5 a.m. You’ll get eggs, of course,...

  • 10 great places for food lovers in Los Feliz
    10 great places for food lovers in Los Feliz

    Los Feliz, the quaint neighborhood wedged between Hollywood and Silver Lake, is a mix of glamour villas in the hills, Arts and Crafts cottages and mid-century apartment buildings. Eminently walkable, the main drags — Vermont, Hollywood Boulevard and Hillhurst — are filled with a grab bag of quirky...

  • Your Sqirl Away update: Calm down, it won't be open until August
    Your Sqirl Away update: Calm down, it won't be open until August

    What: Sqirl Away, a take-out extension of Sqirl, Jessica Koslow's much-loved toast-and-rice-bowl restaurant in Silver Lake. Which is not so much a second Sqirl but rather like what Mozza2Go is to the Pizzeria. The new place will be open later than Sqirl (which closes at 4 p.m.), probably until...

  • 10 places to go for great fried chicken in L.A.
    10 places to go for great fried chicken in L.A.

    People feel very strongly about their favorite fried chicken. When you find good fried chicken, you dream about it. You think about it until it's in your hands. And then, in addition to shoving it in your mouth as fast as you can, you may feel the need to hug it. 

    Here are nine places in Los Angeles,...

  • Datebook: Dirigibles, comic book noir and photos of the American West
    Datebook: Dirigibles, comic book noir and photos of the American West

    A sculpture that floats. Paintings that take a sculptural turn. Iconic imagery of the American West. Plus: a panel about black conceptualism, a show that touches on the Mexican Revolution, and lots of evil eye. Here’s what we have in our Datebook:

    Chris Burden, “Ode to Santos Dumont,” at the L.A....

  • Tasting of the week: Champagne and croquet at Barnsdall Art Park
    Tasting of the week: Champagne and croquet at Barnsdall Art Park

    Break out your croquet whites for Barnsdall Art Park’s Champagne and Croquet spring fundraiser on Sunday, May 3, on the west lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House.

    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be croquet organized by the Pasadena Croquet Assn., as well as live music from the Grammy-nominated...

  • 'I and You': After slow start, proof of the power of small theater
    'I and You': After slow start, proof of the power of small theater

    The Fountain Theatre’s Los Angeles premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s “I and You” comes with many of the indignities of our city’s small-theater scene: the inadequate parking, the oppressively cozy seating, the ushers’ admonitions not to walk on the stage. The production wears its budget on its sleeve:...

  • Scientology spying claims latest in decades of controversy, accusations
    Scientology spying claims latest in decades of controversy, accusations

    Allegations that the church of Scientology paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to investigate the father of leader David Miscavige are the latest in several decades of claims that the organization uses intimidation and harassment against perceived enemies.

    Scientology denied the reports involving...

  • How Scientology got L.A. to name street after L. Ron Hubbard
    How Scientology got L.A. to name street after L. Ron Hubbard

    The HBO documentary "Going Clear" has once again focused a critical eye on the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

    In 1996, the Los Angeles City Council agreed to rename a portion of a street next to the Scientology headquarters in honor of Hubbard.

    Here's the history of that...

  • Taco Tuesday: Migas at HomeState
    Taco Tuesday: Migas at HomeState

    Like everybody else who has spent 15 minutes in Austin, Texas, I came away from the city this March with a strange, new longing for breakfast tacos, a food group of which I had barely been aware before the visit.

    At their best, breakfast tacos are constructed on freshly made flour tortillas, although...

  • Man fatally impaled on fence in East Hollywood after drinking identified
    Man fatally impaled on fence in East Hollywood after drinking identified

    Authorities have identified a 30-year-old man who was fatally impaled on a fence in East Hollywood early Wednesday as a Los Angeles resident.

    Edwin Ochoa was found dead, his head and neck impaled by an iron fence in the 500 block of North Berendo Street about 3:30 a.m. He apparently had been drinking...

  • Woman 'fighting for life,' dog dead after fire at Hollywood strip mall
    Woman 'fighting for life,' dog dead after fire at Hollywood strip mall

    A woman was fighting for her life Wednesday after firefighters pulled her from a strip mall that was in flames in East Hollywood, fire officials said.

    The woman did not have a pulse and was not breathing when firefighters found her in the back of an "apparel shop," said Brian Humphrey, spokesman...

  • Donors help east Hollywood youth baseball team regain field access
    Donors help east Hollywood youth baseball team regain field access

    A cash-strapped east Hollywood youth baseball team has been guaranteed access to its neighborhood Dodgers Dreamfield after dozens of people around Los Angeles donated enough money to pay for permits to use the field and even provide a large financial cushion.

    The Times reported Monday that the...

  • A life inspired by hot rods and comics: Robert Williams comes full circle
    A life inspired by hot rods and comics: Robert Williams comes full circle

    In 1964, an exhibition of work by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí went on display at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at what was then known simply as Barnsdall Park. The show contained nearly 50 Dalí pieces from collections all over the U.S. and Europe, from the 1936 canvas "Soft Construction...

  • Money shuts out youth baseball team from using public field
    Money shuts out youth baseball team from using public field

    The L.A. Bulldogs youth baseball program has always struggled financially in its hard-pressed corner of east Hollywood.

    Parents and community supporters raise enough money for uniforms and equipment by selling caramel apples, jalapeno cheese popcorn and bottled water so their kids can play at Lemon...

  • Datebook: Wild architecture, erotic painting, historic portraiture
    Datebook: Wild architecture, erotic painting, historic portraiture

    A solo outing by a master of lowbrow in Hollywood...bulbous babes in Beverly Hills...and wild architectural schemes in Westwood. Plus: historic portraiture in Laguna Beach, abstraction in Culver City, a collaborative installation in Santa Monica and a giant ax in Venice. Here’s what I’ve got in...

  • At Hollyhock House, thousands celebrate an architectural treasure
    At Hollyhock House, thousands celebrate an architectural treasure

    Something happened on a Hollywood hilltop as Friday the 13th turned into Valentine's Day.

    In the middle of the night, as many as a thousand people at a time stood patiently in a line that snaked up and down pathways and under tall trees, inching along in fits and starts and sometimes barely moving...

  • At Hollyhock House, thousands celebrate an architectural treasure
    At Hollyhock House, thousands celebrate an architectural treasure

    Something happened on a Hollywood hilltop as Friday the 13th turned into Valentine's Day.

    In the middle of the night, as many as a thousand people at a time stood patiently in a line that snaked up and down pathways and under tall trees, inching along in fits and starts and sometimes barely moving...

  • Thousands turn out for 24-hour reopening of Hollyhock House
    Thousands turn out for 24-hour reopening of Hollyhock House

    Some people brought picnics. Others furtively passed around flasks. Couples snuggled under big blankets as they stood for hours, waiting their turn.

    In the middle of the night, as Friday the 13th turned into Valentine's Day, as many as a thousand people at a time lined up on a Hollywood hillside...

  • Jeffrey Herr on restoration, trash digging at Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House
    Jeffrey Herr on restoration, trash digging at Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

    In 1921, the finishing touches were put on an unusual, temple-like structure at the top of Olive Hill in Hollywood. Hollyhock House, as the building was called, was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright as a home for an eccentric Pennsylvania oil heiress by the name of Aline Barnsdall. The practically...

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen
    Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen

    One of Los Angeles' enduring architectural landmarks is reopening to the public after a three-year restoration process.

    Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, a Maya-inspired National Historic Landmark in Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood, will reopen to the public on Friday.

    The concrete...

  • Each room at Hotel Covell in Los Feliz tells a story
    Each room at Hotel Covell in Los Feliz tells a story

    Local hospitality entrepreneur Dustin Lancaster has a vision that is tailored to the present day but is shaped by an unconventional dose of design history. For evidence of that unusual mash-up, look no further than the five-room Hotel Covell, directly above Lancaster's Bar Covell on Hollywood Boulevard...

  • L.A.'s Hollyhock House among Wright's buildings up for World Heritage List
    L.A.'s Hollyhock House among Wright's buildings up for World Heritage List

    Ten Frank Lloyd Wright buildings from seven states, including L.A.'s Hollyhock House, were nominated on Friday for the UNESCO World Heritage List, which recognizes the most notable sites -- cultural and natural -- around the globe.

    The nomination was made by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally...

  • 'Reborning': Creepy, yes, but undeniably powerful
    'Reborning': Creepy, yes, but undeniably powerful

    “Reborning” is the phenomenon in which customers purchase extravagantly expensive infant dolls – sometimes facsimiles of lost loved ones – that are amazingly lifelike in every particular.

    Fascinated by this “beautiful, grotesque and odd” fetish/fad, playwright Zayd Dohrn was inspired to write “Reborning,”...

  • Comedians and cartoonist gather to discuss satire and censorship
    Comedians and cartoonist gather to discuss satire and censorship

    Comedians, writers, satirists and a cartoonist gathered Thursday night at Hollywood's Upright Citizens Brigade to discuss censorship and satire in the wake of the killings at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. But while part of the debate mirrored some of what has been said already...

  • Comedians discuss satire and censorship
    Comedians discuss satire and censorship

    WATCH: The progressive website Blue Nation Review recently hosted a discussion with various American comedians, writers and a cartoonist about satire after the Charlie Hebdo killings.

  • Arrest made in October slaying of transgender woman
    Arrest made in October slaying of transgender woman

    Los Angeles police have made an arrest in the October slaying of a transgender woman in East Hollywood.

    Aniya Knee Parker, 47, was fatally shot near Melrose and North Kenmore avenues on Oct. 2 during a dispute with three men. Police described the incident as a street robbery gone bad.

    An LAPD spokeswoman...

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