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Catching up the old-fashioned way: summer school

Natalie Barrientos, 14, is among the many Los Angeles students who have stumbled academically — and among the 38,000 who spent much of the summer trying to catch up and set things right.  That aim led her to the summer school English class of James Carmicle at Hollywood High and to the word “scrupulous,”...

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  • Late-night dining survival guide: 11 places to eat after last call

    Late-night dining survival guide: 11 places to eat after last call

    Eating after you've had a drink or two is one the finer pleasures in life. That is, after all, why before-dinner cocktails were invented and why so many restaurants direct you to the bar before you're seated. And while a five-course dinner is perfectly lovely after an aperitif, let us also consider...

  • Osteria Mozza ready to reopen after crash

    Osteria Mozza ready to reopen after crash

    Did you miss your Mozza? Relax, the much-loved osteria is set to reopen Tuesday night, a little more than week after a portion of the restaurant was damaged when a pickup truck plowed through the front door. Will Simons, general manager of Osteria Mozza and neighboring Chi Spacca, which was not...

  • Chef Brendan Collins of Birch in Hollywood picks hard work over play

    Chef Brendan Collins of Birch in Hollywood picks hard work over play

    Brendan Collins, chef-owner of the recently opened Birch in Hollywood, credits Margaret Thatcher for his restaurant career. Well, sort of. When Thatcher closed British mines in the '80s, Collins' father, once a mine worker, became a relief pub landlord. He and his family traveled around Nottinghamshire...

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    L.A.-area condos and town homes in the high $800,000s

    Vertical living has its perks: Community amenities, low upkeep and closer proximity to local hubs make condos and town homes a pretty attractive — not to mention more affordable — option for urban Angelenos. Here's a look at what the high $800,000s buys in trendier parts of L.A. County. HOLLYWOOD:...

  • Flower beds? Body parts? The compelling abstract paintings of Lily Stockman

    Flower beds? Body parts? The compelling abstract paintings of Lily Stockman

    Lily Stockman’s strikingly simple geometric abstractions at Gavlak gallery possess a mysterious confidence. Her softly curved lozenges, U-shapes and circles, rendered in a mostly muted palette of grays, yellows and pinks, refer to 1970s feminist abstraction, but also feel strangely unique. But...

  • Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame continues to be defaced

    Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame continues to be defaced

    Linda Lin and her family had no particular Tinseltown destination Monday morning — they were just taking in the sights at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue when Lin suddenly stopped and pointed down. There it was, the star's brass-colored outline juxtaposed with the black-tiled pavement....

  • Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame continues to be defaced

    Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame continues to be defaced

    Linda Lin and her family had no particular Tinseltown destination Monday morning -- they were just taking in the sights at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue when Lin suddenly stopped and pointed down. There it was, the star’s brass-colored outline juxtaposed with the black-tiled pavement,...

  • Artists turn L.A. gallery into a museum of nuclear dystopia

    Artists turn L.A. gallery into a museum of nuclear dystopia

    The exhibition “Desert Now” is the result of a 12-day, Adderall- and LSD-fueled trip through the American Southwest by three German artists — Julius Von Bismarck, Julian Charriere and Felix Kiessling — who have transformed the galleries at Steve Turner into an idiosyncratic, dystopian museum focusing...

  • Datebook: Pretty and dirty paintings, pop-up storytelling and theater with a graphic punch

    Datebook: Pretty and dirty paintings, pop-up storytelling and theater with a graphic punch

    A show about sensuality that dips into the uncanny. A work of theater that packs a 2-D punch. And early images that captured the electric. Plus: Pieces that play with words and a pop-up storytelling show. “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty,” at the Orange County Museum of Art. The New York-based painter...

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