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  • Jon & Vinny's is a sort of contemporary art take on a pizza joint

    Jon & Vinny's is a sort of contemporary art take on a pizza joint

    The best vantage of Jon & Vinny's, the new pizzeria across the street from Canter's Delicatessen, may be from Helen's, the tiny, glassed-in wine shop behind the dining room. Helen's is superbly air-conditioned, even on a miserable summer day, and the restaurant's groaning hip-hop sounds almost...

  • Helen's Wines at Jon & Vinny's blends curated finds with a sense of humor

    Helen's Wines at Jon & Vinny's blends curated finds with a sense of humor

    The wine shop at the back of Jon & Vinny's on Fairfax Avenue, the new red sauce Italian restaurant from the chefs behind Animal and Son of a Gun, is about the size of a walk-in closet. And yet the 6-by-8-foot space holds a whole world of wine. Open the door and it's like walking into someone's...

  • Perfecto! L.A.'s best paella maker shares his secret rituals

    Perfecto! L.A.'s best paella maker shares his secret rituals

    Anyone who believes you need to have a fancy kitchen full of expensive equipment to make great food should watch Perfecto Rocher cook paella at home. Because he doesn't even have a charcoal grill, he balances the paella pan on two cinder blocks over a fire made with newspapers and lathing scraps....

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  • 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...

  • Shop arts and crafts, shop at new stores, shop deals or shop for charity this week
    Shop arts and crafts, shop at new stores, shop deals or shop for charity this week

    Shopping choices abound this season in Southern California, with new stores opening, retailers hosting charitable fundraisers, craft markets popping up and more.

    Here's a sampling:

    Openings

    Luxury optical retailer Vitra Eyewear has opened at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa. The store...

  • Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé: Here's where to celebrate Thursday
    Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé: Here's where to celebrate Thursday

    Every year on the third Thursday of November, millions of bottles of a fresh, fruity Gamay from Beaujolais are poured to celebrate the new vintage. Banners all over France — and the world — proclaim “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!” French restaurants, of course, get into the spirit of things...

  • Datebook: Early digital maps, delicate assemblages, an installation that riffs on sin
    Datebook: Early digital maps, delicate assemblages, an installation that riffs on sin

    The evocative assemblages of a German-born artist. A rumination on deadly sin by a Northern California installationist. And prints that once served as maps of nascent technology. Plus, paintings about leisure, photography inspired by 19th century Romantic canvases and sculptural pieces that both...

  • Cakewich alert: Cake Monkey's first-ever storefront opens next week
    Cakewich alert: Cake Monkey's first-ever storefront opens next week

    When pastry chef Elizabeth Belkind and her business partner Lisa Olin opened their cake business Cake Monkey eight years ago, they'd planned on having a storefront too, at least eventually. Now, after years of supplying us with justly celebrated cakewiches, mini layer cakes, Pop Pies, El Rollos,...

  • A foray into clay with stunning results: Richard Hawkins' 'New Work'
    A foray into clay with stunning results: Richard Hawkins' 'New Work'

    Over the last 10 years, clay has become the go-to material for artists who want to be in on trends. This has led to loads of mediocre work, much of it made by artists who should know better.

    In contrast, Richard Hawkins’ foray into clay has resulted in a body of work perfectly suited to the material’s...

  • Actress-mogul Jessica Alba expands her Honest Company empire to include skin care and beauty products
    Actress-mogul Jessica Alba expands her Honest Company empire to include skin care and beauty products

    Actress and Honest Company founder Jessica Alba opened a six-month pop-up shop at the Grove in late September, highlighting the launch of her latest entrepreneurial venture: Honest Beauty, a collection of 82 skin care and beauty products made with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile...

  • Now you can have your weekend brunch at Animal -- more loco moco for you
    Now you can have your weekend brunch at Animal -- more loco moco for you

    If you're a morning person, Animal can be kind of daunting — or simply a no-fly zone. Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo's Fairfax Avenue restaurant, open since 2008, has always been an after-dark magnet, attracting a loud bar-driven crowd, a place known as a hangout for chefs in their off hours and for...

  • Food events: Taste of Mexico, 'Zahav' at Animal, Salvadore Dali dinner in the O.C.
    Food events: Taste of Mexico, 'Zahav' at Animal, Salvadore Dali dinner in the O.C.

    Check out these upcoming culinary events:

    Taste of Mexico Food Festival — The fifth annual celebration of Los Angeles' rich Mexican culinary scene is returning to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Saturday. Highlights include food tastings, a tequila tent, a mezcaleria installation, a michelada...

  • A new Australian coffee shop (flat whites!) opens in Fairfax Village
    A new Australian coffee shop (flat whites!) opens in Fairfax Village

    The Paramount Coffee Project, a shop brought to you by a trio of folks from Australia, is now open in Fairfax Village.

    The Project is a collaboration among Russell Beard, Mark Dundon and Jin Ng. These names may be familiar if you follow the Australian specialty coffee scene: Beard is the owner...

  • Baked, gluten-free chicken wings and carrot fries at Love Baked Wings on Melrose
    Baked, gluten-free chicken wings and carrot fries at Love Baked Wings on Melrose

    That new, well-lighted storefront at the corner of Melrose and Fuller avenues isn't a tattoo shop, despite its glowing sign of an arrow through a heart. It's a restaurant called Love Baked Wings, run by attractive men with Australian accents. And on the menu: lot's and lot's of baked chicken wings. 

    ...

  • The new Kamsah on Melrose brings shoppers handmade artisan goods from around the globe
    The new Kamsah on Melrose brings shoppers handmade artisan goods from around the globe

    Dhia and Firas Rabiai opened Kamsah, a new decor store devoted to handmade artisan goods from around the globe, to let shoppers experience travel without leaving the comforts of home.

    The goods were selected by Firas, who traveled through small villages in his native Tunisia in search of distinctive...

  • Dim sum, banh mi and ramen at Pingtung eat-in market on Melrose Avenue
    Dim sum, banh mi and ramen at Pingtung eat-in market on Melrose Avenue

    Name: Pingtung eat-in market, named after the city in Taiwan where chef and owner Li Ping is from. She also grew up in Tokyo — that city just didn't make it into the restaurant's name. 

    Concept: It's a restaurant and market by Ping, known for her New York restaurants Kelley & Ping, Khin Khao, Obeca...

  • 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...

  • 5 great fish tacos in L.A., and why you need to drive to La Puente
    5 great fish tacos in L.A., and why you need to drive to La Puente

    If you love fish tacos and have the misfortune to live in Los Angeles rather than San Diego or Baja, you've probably already got a folding chair with your name on it in the parking lot where Ricky Piña parks his fish taco truck in Los Feliz. In which case we've probably seen you there. But there...

  • Want to meet Fergie? Buy some shoes
    Want to meet Fergie? Buy some shoes

    You may know Fergie best as the female vocalist with the Black Eyed Peas, but she also is active in the fashion world, with a line of shoes called Fergie Footwear.

    The Grammy Award-winning singer is expected to introduce the fall 2015 collection and meet fans from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Nordstrom...

  • 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...

  • Details on Spartina, a new Italian restaurant opening on Melrose Avenue
    Details on Spartina, a new Italian restaurant opening on Melrose Avenue

    Melrose Avenue is about to be home to a new neighborhood Italian restaurant. 

    Stephen Kalt, known as the former executive chef of Corsa Cucina at the Wynn Las Vegas and as the chef at Fornelletto at the Borgata Hotel and Casino, is opening his newest venture, Spartina, in the former Melgard space...

  • How to get free coffee at Erewhon markets, all week
    How to get free coffee at Erewhon markets, all week

    Want a free cup of coffee? Of course you do. What kind of question is that? 

    If you want a free cup from Erewhon market this week, just bring your own sustainable commuter cup.  

    Both locations of the market (Beverly Boulevard and Calabasas) are offering free organic drip coffee to anyone with...

  • Online menswear labels Buck Mason, Indochino open bricks & mortar
    Online menswear labels Buck Mason, Indochino open bricks & mortar

    Two online menswear labels have set up bricks-and-mortar locations in the Greater L.A. area.

    Los Angeles-based Buck Mason is having a party Saturday to celebrate its new store on Abbot Kinney store in Venice.

    The 700-square-foot space was designed by co-founders Erik Schnakenberg and Sasha Koehn. ...

  • Google has a food truck ... well, sort of
    Google has a food truck ... well, sort of

    One of the most talked-about perks of working for Google is the free food. And now the tech giant is offering free food to the rest of us.

    Google has a food truck, with free food.

    To celebrate the launch of Google Photos, the company's online photo storage and sharing app, Google launched a food...

  • A meditation on green -- the color, not the sustainability shorthand
    A meditation on green -- the color, not the sustainability shorthand

    If green is a sacred color, which shade is the holiest?

    Emerald? Turquoise? Lime?

    That’s just one peculiar question prompted by “1997/2013,” an installation of light and video by Viennese artists Richard Hoeck and Heimo Zobernig. Fluorescent tubes overhead and in simple fixtures casually leaning...

  • 4 great L.A. potato tacos
    4 great L.A. potato tacos

    Most of us in L.A. spend an inordinate amount of time eating tacos, very good tacos, at our local taqueria or taco truck — or even at some of the best restaurants in town. There's the al pastor crowd, the carnitas crowd, the fish taco crowd. But there are many great other iterations of our favorite...

  • Dancer Mark Ballas executes some moves with Mid-Wilshire sale and Beverly Crest buy
    Dancer Mark Ballas executes some moves with Mid-Wilshire sale and Beverly Crest buy

    Mark Ballas, a professional dancer and regular on “Dancing With the Stars,” appears to know his way around a real estate transaction as well as the dance floor.

    The choreographer-singer-songwriter parted with his longtime Mid-Wilshire condo in late May for $840,000 and now has picked up a single-family...

  • Perfecto Rocher is out, Ricardo Zarate is in at Smoke.Oil.Salt restaurant
    Perfecto Rocher is out, Ricardo Zarate is in at Smoke.Oil.Salt restaurant

    Perfecto Rocher is out at Smoke.Oil.Salt restaurant and Ricardo Zarate is in, at least for a little while.

    “Perfecto did a great job getting us to this point, but moving forward we need to be able to move in a more casual direction,” said the Los Angeles restaurant’s operating partner and wine...

  • L.A. kids menus that don't suck: Think burrata flatbread, not pizza
    L.A. kids menus that don't suck: Think burrata flatbread, not pizza

    Your kids deserve more than dry, fried chicken strips and ketchup, a cheeseburger and watery mac 'n' cheese. And in your quest to find a kids menu that doubles as a coloring book, you shouldn't be forced to eat UFO-saucer-sized plates of red sauce spaghetti and bricks of onion rings. 

    You can be...

  • A secret entrance, plenty of shellfish and foosball at Eric Greenspan's Maré
    A secret entrance, plenty of shellfish and foosball at Eric Greenspan's Maré

    Name: Maré

    Concept: Eric Greenspan's new seafood-focused restaurant is located behind the Melrose Umbrella Co., but you enter through Greenspan's Grilled Cheese. There is no roof, there are twinkling lights and a foosball table in the front, where you can sip a cocktail and school your friends. 

    ...

  • Pastry chef update: Nicole Rucker's doughnuts now at Cofax
    Pastry chef update: Nicole Rucker's doughnuts now at Cofax

    For those of you who follow this town's pastry chefs like the breadcrumbs from their excellent loaves — or maybe the cake crumbs or croissant or pie crust flakes — you may know that Nicole Rucker left Gjusta not too long ago, only to resurface with the folks who run Golden State.

    This means not...

  • Ginny Bishton at Richard Telles: Short stories rewritten, on the wall
    Ginny Bishton at Richard Telles: Short stories rewritten, on the wall

    I love the idea behind Ginny Bishton’s latest exhibition, “The News Threw Her,” at the Richard Telles gallery in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the result doesn’t live up to its promise.

    The L.A. artist identified 18 short stories published around the turn of the 20th century that are in the public...

  • 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...

  • Jon & Vinny's opens on Fairfax
    Jon & Vinny's opens on Fairfax

    Time for pizza. Jon & Vinny's, the highly anticipated Italian restaurant from Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, is finally opening its doors Monday, more or less across the street from the pair's first restaurant, Animal, on Fairfax Avenue. 

    Jon & Vinny's opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven...

  • Naughty Girl Donut Shop pops up with pin-up inspired doughnuts in L.A.
    Naughty Girl Donut Shop pops up with pin-up inspired doughnuts in L.A.

    Tiana Ramos, co-owner of the Naughty Girl Donut Shop in Virginia, is bringing her doughnuts to Los Angeles on Sunday. She and co-owner Natalie Ramos, who happens to be her mother, will be selling doughnuts out of the Toy Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

    Ramos, who is 17 years old, runs the...

  • Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in L.A.: Corned beef, green beer, green cookies
    Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in L.A.: Corned beef, green beer, green cookies

    Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish at heart celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Here in the States, it's an excuse to go to your favorite Irish pub, drink green beer and eat a corned beef sandwich. But there's a little more history behind it. 

    Turns out, Saint Patrick wasn't even Irish. He...

  • Restoring the tragicomic tone to Bas Jan Ader
    Restoring the tragicomic tone to Bas Jan Ader

    Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975), the Dutch-born Conceptual artist who lived in Los Angeles, produced a modest body of work that has been largely overtaken by the mythic aura surrounding his death. A small show at Meliksetian Briggs does a very good job of sweeping aside the story-book cobwebs, refocusing...

  • Chalk outlines drawn on sidewalk: Scary threat or marketing campaign?
    Chalk outlines drawn on sidewalk: Scary threat or marketing campaign?

    A series of body outlines painted and scrawled in chalk on the sidewalk on Fairfax Avenue in Beverly Grove grabbed the attention of residents and triggered a police investigation Tuesday afternoon.

    The LAPD’s Wilshire Division began investigating the outlines as potential vandalism after getting...

  • Rostand gets the mob treatment in 'Serrano the Musical'
    Rostand gets the mob treatment in 'Serrano the Musical'

    “Serrano the Musical,” in its world premiere at the Matrix Theatre, relocates “Cyrano de Bergerac,” originally set in 1640 France, to New York’s Little Italy, around now.

    Edmond Rostand’s classic tale, in which literary gifts prove more seductive than good looks, serves up pure wish-fulfillment...

  • Boys' basketball: Unbeaten Fairfax wins Snowball Classic in Canada

    Unbeaten Fairfax (18-0) is headed home from Canada after winning the championship game of the Snowball Classic with an 80-61 victory over Burnaby South.

    Donald Gipson scored 20 points and Lindsey Drew had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.

    Babacar Thiombane added 14 poins and Isaiah Ajiboye...

  • Boys' basketball: Unbeaten Fairfax heads to Canada this week

    The passports are packed and so is warm clothing, because the unbeaten Fairfax Lions (15-0) leave for Canada on Wednesday and begin action on Thursday in the Snowball Classic in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

    "We've been getting better and improving," Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani said. "This team...

  • Bandits in gorilla, monkey masks steal shoes from Fairfax boutique
    Bandits in gorilla, monkey masks steal shoes from Fairfax boutique

    Two masked men -- one as a gorilla, the other as a monkey -- stole several pairs of Nike shoes from a Los Angeles boutique Thursday, police said.

    Just before 1 p.m., the pair entered the store in the 7800 block of Melrose Avenue and waved handguns at a store employee, according to a statement from...

  • Protest against police killings draws crowds to Fairfax area
    Protest against police killings draws crowds to Fairfax area

    Protesters angry at the police killings of unarmed black men marched through the Fairfax area on the same day a funeral was held in New York City for a police officer gunned down by a man also upset about the killings.

    Some wore T-shirts that said “I can’t breathe,” a reference to the last words...

  • 3-year-old abandoned at mall: Just a mix-up or more serious?
    3-year-old abandoned at mall: Just a mix-up or more serious?

    Three-year-old Audrey was left -- just her and her car seat -- at a Los Angeles mall this weekend in an incident with echoes of "Home Alone."

    In the plot of the 1990 comedy film, the McCallister family is in such a hurry to take their Christmas trip to Paris that they manage to leave 8-year-old...

  • Girl, 3, abandoned at Grove shopping center, LAPD says
    Girl, 3, abandoned at Grove shopping center, LAPD says

    A 3-year-old girl was found abandoned Saturday at the Grove shopping center, and Los Angeles police are looking for her parents or guardian.

    The girl was found around 6 p.m. by a parking attendant, according to the LAPD.

    She "stated that a woman dropped off the young girl at the valet parking area...

  • Spice up holiday shopping with pop-ups and sample sales
    Spice up holiday shopping with pop-ups and sample sales

    If you're looking for something a little different in holiday shopping, check out these events that Los Angeles retailers have planned over the next week. Shopping parties, sample sales and trunk shows may turn up some interesting finds.

    Events

    Vintage lovers can wrap up their shopping on Saturday...

  • Five questions for Stir Market chef Chris Barnett
    Five questions for Stir Market chef Chris Barnett

    Chris Barnett is the executive chef at Stir Market, a new boutique food hall in the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles. Barnett has been cooking since he was 14 years old but believes the real turning point in his career came when he got the opportunity to work under Jeremiah Tower at Stars in...

  • Thomas Eggerer's 'Harvest,' a heavy burden for unseen rewards
    Thomas Eggerer's 'Harvest,' a heavy burden for unseen rewards

    Thomas Eggerer's show at Richard Telles consists of only two recent paintings, each given a room of its own. "Heavy Harvest" is symphonic; the other, untitled canvas is also large, but conceptually, more of a chamber piece. Both are striking, and the isolation serves to hone attention to their...

  • Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers
    Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers

    Holiday shopping is not for wimps. Given that it's among the most strenuous and exacting activities on the planet, you, the one staring with glazed eyes at a very long list, will need sustenance. Sometimes a quick bite is all that's needed. Other times you'll want to put those bags down beside...

  • Shinola opens West Coast flagship in Silver Lake
    Shinola opens West Coast flagship in Silver Lake

    Shinola -- the brand of watches, leather goods and bicycles that adopted the name of a vintage shoe polish when it sprang to life in 2011 -- opened its first West Coast flagship on Friday.

    The company is known for making its wares in Detroit. As Chief Executive Officer Steve Bock told our Adam...

  • Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday
    Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday

    Each November, on the third Thursday of the month, the French giddily celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau. That’s when the fresh, fruity Gamay from the new vintage is rushed from the vineyards into shops and wine bars in Paris and elsewhere across France. On that day, it’s almost obligatory to pick up...

  • It's 'So, Anyway' by John Cleese, not 'Monty Python' by John Cleese
    It's 'So, Anyway' by John Cleese, not 'Monty Python' by John Cleese

    John Cleese recently fell under the spell of singer Taylor Swift when they appeared together on the popular British chat series "The Graham Norton Show," which airs here on BBC America.

    "I am more ignorant about music than anyone you have ever spoken to in your life," confessed Cleese. "I didn't...

  • No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones
    No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

    It’s not easy to get a great bagel in Southern California. It's easy enough to get a bagel, but too many of them are just bread in another shape, by another name.

    But it’s not impossible. There are a handful of shops that turn out solid, satisfying bagels, and a few that make genuinely delicious...

  • New York-style pizza and killer garlic knots at Prime Pizza
    New York-style pizza and killer garlic knots at Prime Pizza

    Name of the restaurant: Prime Pizza.

    Concept: A New York-style pizzeria by Jason Bernstein, Zak Fishman and James Starr, the guys behind Bludso's, Golden State and Cofax. With Damiano Mr. Pizza gone, it's the new Fairfax neighborhood pizza joint. On the menu are paper-thin pies, a square pizza...

  • First look: Stir Market, Jet Tila's new food hall and restaurant to open Tuesday
    First look: Stir Market, Jet Tila's new food hall and restaurant to open Tuesday

    Stir Market, a new food hall, restaurant and retail space helmed by chefs Jet Tila (The Charleston) and Chris Barnett (Relais D'Auteuil in Paris, the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills) is slated to open Tuesday in the former Buddha's Belly space on Beverly Boulevard. The 4,000-square-foot hall will...

  • Ago Sciandri to open Vespaio downtown; Cardamom, the One Up are open
    Ago Sciandri to open Vespaio downtown; Cardamom, the One Up are open

    Chef and restaurateur Ago Sciandri (Ago) will open a new Italian restaurant called Vespaio in downtown L.A. at the Emerson later this year. The 5,500-square-foot space will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as weekend brunch. Sciandri plans to also have extensive...

  • Contemporary Crafts Market hits Pasadena this weekend
    Contemporary Crafts Market hits Pasadena this weekend

    A decades long tradition continues as the Contemporary Crafts Market sets up shop in Pasadena this weekend.

    The market, nearing its 30th year, brings together 250 artisans from California and the West, showing and selling furniture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, wood, textiles, footwear and more. 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...

  • It's World Tripe Day! Where would Jonathan Gold celebrate?
    It's World Tripe Day! Where would Jonathan Gold celebrate?

    The first question you may have about World Tripe Day is whether the occasion in fact exists. It has not, as far as I know, been sanctioned by Congress or any other official sanctioning body, and unlike Melon Day in Turkmenistan (Aug. 9), or National Pigs in a Blanket day in the United States (April...

  • Pink's celebrates 75 years with 75-cent chili hot dogs
    Pink's celebrates 75 years with 75-cent chili hot dogs

    Pink's, the legendary hot dog stand to the stars on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood is turning 75. And to celebrate, the restaurant is selling its famous chili dogs for just 75 cents. 

    Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 13, the 75-cent chili dogs will be available for 75 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. The classic...

  • Choreographer Mia Michaels bows out of Fairfax area home
    Choreographer Mia Michaels bows out of Fairfax area home

    Choreographer Mia Michaels of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame has sold a charming character house in the Fairfax area for $1.775 million.

    Built in 1924, the Traditional-style home has a pitched roof and 2,098 square feet of living space on one level.

    The turn-key home has a center-island kitchen...

  • Death & Co. book party, sustainable seafood dinner, Lobrano on Paris
    Death & Co. book party, sustainable seafood dinner, Lobrano on Paris

    Fans of the iconic cocktail bar Death & Co. in New York’s East Village will want to know about the launch party for the book “Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails” on Wednesday night from 8 to 11 p.m. at the downtown Los Angeles cocktail lounge Honeycut. All three authors of the book — Dave Kaplan,...

  • 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...

  • Monthlong Kangol pop-up shop headed to Sportie LA next week
    Monthlong Kangol pop-up shop headed to Sportie LA next week

    Headwear brand Kangol, favored by the likes of LL Cool J and Samuel L. Jackson, is set to open a monthlong pop-up shop in the Ciy of Angels on Tuesday.

    Temporarily occupying the storefront at 7763 Melrose Ave. -- adjacent to sneakerhead hot spot Sportie LA's 7753 Melrose flagship -- the pop-up...

  • Crews working to shut off water main break in Fairfax
    Crews working to shut off water main break in Fairfax

    Crews with the L.A. Department of Water and Power were working Thursday night to shut down the flow of water from a broken main in Fairfax.

    Water began to spew from the 8-inch pipe about 5:15 p.m. at Rosewood Avenue and North Curson Avenue, said Terry Schneider, a spokeswoman for the DWP.

    "Right...

  • British designer Lee Broom unveils new collection at A+R
    British designer Lee Broom unveils new collection at A+R

    Only 37, British designer Lee Broom has achieved rock star status in a short amount of time following his work for legendary fashion designers such as Vivenne Westwood and Christian Louboutin. 

    Broom has also won awards for his own furniture and lighting collections, including the popular handcrafted...

  • Kate Mara of 'House of Cards' lists her Hancock Park condo
    Kate Mara of 'House of Cards' lists her Hancock Park condo

    Kate Mara of “House of Cards” fame has listed her condo in Hancock Park for $649,000.

    The Italian Revival-style building was constructed in 1928 and features a courtyard with a fountain.

    The renovated corner unit of more than 900 square feet has two bedrooms and one bathroom. Views take in the...

  • 'Karl Benjamin: The Late Paintings' at Louis Stern is colorful fun
    'Karl Benjamin: The Late Paintings' at Louis Stern is colorful fun

    “Karl Benjamin: The Late Paintings” is all about discovery. Fun figures into the sharply focused show, as does delight, surprise and wonder.

    At Louis Stern Fine Arts, the first exhibition of Benjamin's works since he died two years ago at 86, shows a lover of color at the height of his powers:...

  • Polytechnic investigation found no evidence of teacher misconduct

    A teacher who got a job at Polytechnic School in Pasadena -- shortly after being accused of inappropriate conduct at another private school -- did not engage in sexual harassment or misconduct during his one-year employment at Polytechnic, according to an investigation by a special committee of...

  • Long Tall Sally hosts pop-up this weekend
    Long Tall Sally hosts pop-up this weekend

    British specialty retailer Long Tall Sally is hosting a pop-up shop this weekend in Huntington Beach.

    The label is designed for women 5-foot-8 and taller, with clothing, accessories and footwear made so "that the rise, knees, waists, sleeves, and everything else fits properly, proportionally,"...

  • Gap x GQ Best New Menswear Designers collection drops Sept. 30
    Gap x GQ Best New Menswear Designers collection drops Sept. 30

    The Gap's limited-edition capsule collection with GQ magazine's 2014 best new menswear designers in America -- including three brands with L.A. ties, is set to hit shelves Tuesday, Sept. 30.

    It's the third season that the San Francisco-based retailer has collaborated on a capsule collection with...

  • 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...

  • Six ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Los Angeles
    Six ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in Los Angeles

    Dust off the lederhosen and dirndls, it’s time for pretzels, oompah tunes and plenty of delicious beer as Oktoberfest parties kick off across Los Angeles.

    Never mind the triple-digit temperatures; raising a stein of frosty German-style beers and shouting “Prost!” is like a rain-dance for autumn...

  • Boys' basketball: Pairings released for Fairfax State Preview Classic

    Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani has released the matchups for his one-day Fairfax State Preview Classic on Jan. 31, and he sure didn't take the easy way out.

    Fairfax, the City Section Division I title favorite, will play powerful Chatsworth Sierra Canyon in the 7 p.m. game, one of eight on the day...

  • Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Feast of San Gennaro, Mr. C outdoor movies
    Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Feast of San Gennaro, Mr. C outdoor movies

    The Cookies for Kids' Cancer charity bake sale will take place Sunday at The Grove from 1 to 4 p.m. Brownie Brittle founder Sheila G. Mains and actress Jaime King will host the event, part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Ian Opina from Church Key, Roger Eggleston of Cavatina at Sunset Marquis,...

  • Rock opera 'Psyche' at Greenway Court aims high, falls short
    Rock opera 'Psyche' at Greenway Court aims high, falls short

    The setting outshines the jewel in “Psyche,” a world-premiere rock opera at the Greenway Court Theatre.

    But oh, what a setting. A modern-day retelling of the Psyche myth, the production features a mind-bogglingly intricate staging that includes spectacular design elements, a wonderful cast, terrific...

  • Datebook: Beastly dinner, calligraphy art, sonic pieces at Schindler
    Datebook: Beastly dinner, calligraphy art, sonic pieces at Schindler

    A dinner and performance that channel Jacques Derrida and a bestiary, a series of sound pieces at Rudolph Schindler's historic home in West Hollywood, and art made from Arabic and Farsi calligraphy. Plus, YouTubing in a parking lot and a book party for a new tome that captures the people of the...

  • Meet Liberty Ross at kickoff for her new denim collection
    Meet Liberty Ross at kickoff for her new denim collection

    Meet Liberty Ross at the kickoff for her new clothing collection.

    The model/actress has designed seven fall pieces for premium denim brand Genetic, and she and Genetic's founder/creative director Ali Fatourechi are slated to introduce the clothes to customers at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills on Thursday....

  • Chef of the Moment: Smoke.Oil.Salt.'s Perfecto Rocher would throw out all his forks
    Chef of the Moment: Smoke.Oil.Salt.'s Perfecto Rocher would throw out all his forks

    Perfecto Rocher is the executive chef of Smoke.Oil.Salt., who also happens to be a third-generation paella maker from Spain’s Valencia region, where he worked at his grandfather’s restaurant. After hitchhiking to London (where he taught himself English) and working in restaurants including the...

  • Rufus Cuff smartwatch is one of 443 crowd-funded hardware projects
    Rufus Cuff smartwatch is one of 443 crowd-funded hardware projects

    Tired of staring at his phone screen all day, Gabe Grifoni set out to return “humans back to being humans” by creating a smarter screen. Grifoni designed the Rufus Cuff, a giant wrist-worn screen that he hopes someday will replace the need for smartphones, wallets, watches and other gadgetry. “It’s...

  • 20,000-square-foot Container Store is opening at Farmers Market
    20,000-square-foot Container Store is opening at Farmers Market

    Cruising the aisles of the Container Store, which specializes in storage solutions for home and office, can make the far-off goal of order feel like a possibility.

    Feel overwhelmed by back to school? No problem. The Container Store opens its fifth Los Angeles location this weekend, at the Original...

  • City Chic brings new options for plus-sizes to L.A.
    City Chic brings new options for plus-sizes to L.A.

    City Chic, an Australia-based seller of plus-size women's clothing, has opened its first Southern California store -- which is also its first in the U.S. -- in Culver City. And there are more to come.

    The Culver City boutique, in the Westfield Culver City mall at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., opened Aug....

  • Datebook: Punk design, Tokyo photos, paintings by Marsden Hartley
    Datebook: Punk design, Tokyo photos, paintings by Marsden Hartley

    The European years of a key American artist at LACMA, Japanese photography at the Getty, and an assortment of summer group shows that touch on everything from light to L.A. to rock 'n' roll. It’s happening all over our sun-baked metropolis:

    "Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913-1915," at...

  • Neil LaBute's 'In a Dark Dark House' homes in on troubled past
    Neil LaBute's 'In a Dark Dark House' homes in on troubled past

    Neil LaBute’s “In a Dark Dark House” begs the immediate question: why bother with the redundant title? Any residence where Mr. LaBute comes knockin’ is not likely to sit on the sunny side of the street, and his 2007 three-hander proves no exception in its solidly erected but emotionally vacant...

  • Shop Saturday for a chance to meet Kim Kardashian at new Ulta store
    Shop Saturday for a chance to meet Kim Kardashian at new Ulta store

    Kim Kardashian (the new Mrs. Kanye West) is scheduled to make an appearance at Ulta Beauty's new Midtown Crossing store on Pico Boulevard on Aug. 6, but fans who want to meet her need to shop at the store this Saturday.

    Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the first 175 customers who purchase a minimum...

  • Rolling Greens to host summer pop-up Saturday
    Rolling Greens to host summer pop-up Saturday

    Los Angeles home and garden store Rolling Greens will offer handcrafted sustainable home goods, jewelry, fashion and food Saturday at its L.A. Summer Market Place event.Vendors at the Fairfax district store sale will include Objects With Purpose, Mine Design, Elsa Pelayo Woven Tapestries and jewelers...

  • Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off
    Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off

    It’s summer, if you haven’t noticed, and though ice cream is a year-round treat, it’s especially sweet when the sun shines without mercy. Frozen yogurt and shaved ice are nice, but you and I both know true happiness comes with more butterfat than that.

    Los Angeles is full of top-notch ice cream,...

  • President Obama in L.A.: Fundraiser, fist bumps, trash talk in a deli
    President Obama in L.A.: Fundraiser, fist bumps, trash talk in a deli

    On his regularly scheduled visits to rake up campaign cash from the salons of Los Angeles’ upper-crust neighborhoods, President Obama just as regularly drops into locales meant to emphasize that he is more man-of-the-people than man-of-the-moneyed.

    On Thursday that locale was Canter’s Deli, the...

  • Power restored to 2,200 customers in L.A.'s Fairfax district
    Power restored to 2,200 customers in L.A.'s Fairfax district

    Power was restored to all 2,200 customers in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles who had gone without it overnight until as late as Monday afternoon, officials said.

    The power outage was caused by Mylar balloons, which made contact with wires at Santa Monica Boulevard and Cole Street, blowing a...

  • Power partially restored in Fairfax district; 1,400 still without
    Power partially restored in Fairfax district; 1,400 still without

    A power outage affected 2,200 Fairfax-area customers overnight and into Monday morning, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said.

    Power was restored to about 800 customers Monday morning, but as of 10 a.m., 1,400 were still without. Two sets of wires were down at two separate locations,...

  • Review: Smoke.Oil.Salt brings back a paella master
    Review: Smoke.Oil.Salt brings back a paella master

    Have you ever tasted real paella? And by "real," I should specify that I mean not the stuff you eat with sangria down by the beach or even the lovely yellow rice with seafood that you have to order a day in advance at Cuban restaurants, but the real thing, rare outside its birthplace in the mountains...

  • Ceviche spots in Los Angeles area
    Ceviche spots in Los Angeles area

    Deep into summer, when a bouillabaisse or even a grilled fish seems like too much, that's the moment for ceviche. What can be simpler or more refreshing than raw fish or seafood "cooked" in lime juice and garnished with chile and cilantro? We've all enjoyed the basic, but some newish places are...

  • El Jefe pop-up at Animal with 'Chef' star Jon Favreau and Roy Choi
    El Jefe pop-up at Animal with 'Chef' star Jon Favreau and Roy Choi

    If you missed the El Jefe pop-up at Pot restaurant earlier this year, here's your chance to get a taste of the Cuban food truck from the movie "Chef." Another El Jefe pop-up dinner is set to take place at Animal restaurant July 21.  

    In celebration of the film, which Jon Favreau starred in and...

  • 7 French spots for a Bastille Day fête
    7 French spots for a Bastille Day fête

    Bastille Day is Monday, July 14, and this weekend bistros around Los Angeles are showing off their French pride. If you want to get back to your French roots, or if you took a year of Francais in high school, or if you just have an immense affinity for cheese, this is the holiday for you. Check...

  • Events: Charm City cake classes, Wirsthaus World Cup, wine tasting at Andaz
    Events: Charm City cake classes, Wirsthaus World Cup, wine tasting at Andaz

    Duff Goldman’s West Coast cake shop, Charm City Cakes West, is holding cake-decorating classes led by the bakery’s team of professional decorators. The first class is at 11 a.m. Saturday and will teach students ages 14 and up how to make cakes with a quilted monogram design. Each class has a different...

  • Hot dogs with yakisoba and Japanese curry: Six great Asian-fusion dogs
    Hot dogs with yakisoba and Japanese curry: Six great Asian-fusion dogs

    What started with Roy Choi's Kogi truck and the Seoul Sausage crew bringing an Asian fusion sensibility to street food has grown into a full-blown culinary movement. Sriracha has become the new ketchup, and kimchi and pickled ginger are the new sauerkraut. 

    The all-American hot dog in Los Angeles...

  • Heath Ceramics to host Marmol Radziner design event Thursday
    Heath Ceramics to host Marmol Radziner design event Thursday

    The celebrated and multifaceted L.A.-based architectural firm Marmol Radziner, known for its fusion of clean-lined, contemporary design with natural and industrial elements, will showcase its many works in architecture, landscape, furniture and jewelry at an event hosted by Heath Ceramics on Thursday...

  • A newsstand where the world still unfolds as print fades to black
    A newsstand where the world still unfolds as print fades to black

    A red truck pulls into an empty parking lot off Fairfax Avenue just before 6 a.m. René Portillo gets out in a rush and heads to a blue shoe box of a building wearing a message in faded paint: "THE NEW YORK TIMES Expect The World." To the right, a California Lottery banner proclaims: "Millionaire...

  • Online clothing company Bonobos goes bricks-and-mortar in L.A.
    Online clothing company Bonobos goes bricks-and-mortar in L.A.

    For many of us, shopping online is a lifestyle. But with clothing there is sometimes a disconnect, especially when it comes to the fit of a garment and the feel of its material. Making up for that tangible loss requires a bit of thinking outside of the computer screen. And one new L.A. store aims...

  • Butchers' guide: Where to get meat for your 4th of July barbecue
    Butchers' guide: Where to get meat for your 4th of July barbecue

    The big holiday is fast approaching. Time to start planning the menu for the 4th of July picnic or barbecue. To help with that task, we've polled some of L.A.'s best butchers to find out what they're laying in for the holiday. Dry-aged steaks, house-made sausages, slabs of ribs, marinated meats,...

  • Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America -- how'd we do?
    Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America -- how'd we do?

    The magazine Wine Enthusiast has just published their annual Restaurant Issue with its list of the 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America. How does L.A. fare on the list? Would anybody like to take a guess as to how many local restaurants made the cut, and which? 

    In all, out of 32 restaurants in...

  • Sommelier not required? The new WineGlass app could be a game changer
    Sommelier not required? The new WineGlass app could be a game changer

    A new iPhone app called WineGlass is poised to change the way wine drinkers order wine in restaurants. Partnering with CellarTracker, the online database of wine prices and opinions, WineGlass helps both the clueless and the semi-knowledgeable pick an appropriate wine.

    No more calling a hotline...

  • Jason Wu slated to introduce pre-fall cosmetics collection at Saks
    Jason Wu slated to introduce pre-fall cosmetics collection at Saks

    Fashion designer Jason Wu is scheduled to introduce his pre-fall makeup collection for Lancome at Saks Beverly Hills on Thursday.

    Wu is a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore gowns he designed to both the 2009 and 2013 Inaugural Balls.

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  • Boys' basketball: Fairfax is team to beat in its tournament this week

    The Fairfax basketball team has started the summer in impressive fashion. The Lions are unbeaten and won the Maranatha tournament on Saturday.

    This week, the Lions host their own tournament beginning Monday, with top teams set to offer a challenge, including Sierra Canyon, Chaminade, Corona Centennial...

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