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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

    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...

  • Neil Young joins Stephen Stills' 4th Light Up the Blues autism benefit
    Neil Young joins Stephen Stills' 4th Light Up the Blues autism benefit

    Stephen Stills and his long-ago Buffalo Springfield band mate Neil Young will take part again in Stills’ fourth Light Up the Blues concert to benefit Autism Speaks, scheduled for May 21 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

    Young was among Stills’ guests at last year’s edition of the event, and...

  • Datebook: Abandoned buildings, new paintings and a show that tackles race and violence
    Datebook: Abandoned buildings, new paintings and a show that tackles race and violence

    A trio of painters. Photography that records ruin in intelligent ways. And abstracted bits of landscape rendered as mosaic. Plus, the Underground Museum unveils a timely new exhibition. Here are four shows to see this week:

    Hope Gangloff, Benjamin Degen and Yuri Masnyj at Richard Heller Gallery....

  • L.A. City Council OKs 2 controversial high-rises in Hollywood
    L.A. City Council OKs 2 controversial high-rises in Hollywood

    The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Tuesday for two residential high-rises next to the Hollywood Palladium, setting the stage for a protracted legal battle with the politically active nonprofit group next door.

    On a 12-0 vote, the council backed a zoning change, a height district change...

  • Sex, death and beyond: A surreal ride through the dreamland of Katie Grinnan at LAXArt
    Sex, death and beyond: A surreal ride through the dreamland of Katie Grinnan at LAXArt

    “Surreal” has become the go-to adjective of the moment, describing everything from traffic accidents to perfectly pitched baseball games.

    The original Surrealists, including Andre Breton, Max Ernst and Salvador Dali, would be appalled — both because their focus on the subversive nature of dreams...

  • Datebook: The art of rust, the gallery system deconstructed, art and the spiritual
    Datebook: The art of rust, the gallery system deconstructed, art and the spiritual

    Paintings inspired by the industrial. Art linked to spirituality. And a poster project that documents gender inequity in the art world. Plus: A trio of new solos in Hollywood and the opening of a buzzed-about mega-space in downtown. Here’s the Datebook: 

    Donald Baechler, Lily Stockman, Mike Davis,...

  • The Alan Turing effect: Show explores the evolution of art in the Digital Age
    The Alan Turing effect: Show explores the evolution of art in the Digital Age

    For “Turing’s Apple,” a group exhibition at Redling Fine Art, New York video artist Tony Oursler sent out a chain email asking artists to contribute works about how computers and Internet culture shape the making and viewing of art.

    The show’s namesake, Alan Turing, was a British mathematician...

  • Artist Aaron Fowler's work at Diane Rosenstein: Loaded in more ways than one
    Artist Aaron Fowler's work at Diane Rosenstein: Loaded in more ways than one

    Aaron Fowler’s raucous assemblage paintings are packed with stuff. The term “mixed media” barely encapsulates materials that include shimmering silvery CDs, bits of clothing, folding tables, trash bags, inkjet photos and mud.

    The pieces are also packed with complex emotional energy. A single Fowler...

  • A walk through Isabelle Cornaro's 'Landscape'
    A walk through Isabelle Cornaro's 'Landscape'

    The classic Minimalist black box is made into an ambivalent stage set for the centerpiece of Isabelle Cornaro’s cerebral exhibition. Titled “Landscape,” the room-size installation is somewhere between a severe exposition of the sculptural limits of geometric abstraction and a refined department...

  • More Oscars road closures start in Hollywood
    More Oscars road closures start in Hollywood

    Traffic headaches from the 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood begin long before the awards show takes place on Feb. 28. 

    To accommodate press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange...

  • Rooftop workouts in L.A. aim for top-of-the-world experiences
    Rooftop workouts in L.A. aim for top-of-the-world experiences

    Lithe bodies reaching toward the heavens doing sun salutations on a helipad overlooking the Hollywood sign as the morning sun streams over the Capitol Records building. Chiseled bodies "visualizing" success and calling out affirmations in a spin class overlooking picturesque palm trees and the...

  • Two men wounded, suspect sought in shooting outside Hollywood recording studio

    Police are searching for at least one suspect after two men were shot and wounded outside a recording studio in Hollywood Friday night, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. near Cascade Studios in the 6600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, said Sgt. Michael Kanoke of the Los Angeles...

  • Amy Yao's art of contamination: Not everything is as perfect as it seems
    Amy Yao's art of contamination: Not everything is as perfect as it seems

    Amy Yao’s curious exhibition at Various Small Fires starts in the gallery’s outdoor courtyard where a black, snail-like device sits atop an oil drum. The gallerist tells me it is a foam-maker, and would I like him to make me some foam?

    Of course I say yes, and the device’s drooping black tube springs...

  • Women, divorce and art that turns shame into celebration at Gavlak gallery
    Women, divorce and art that turns shame into celebration at Gavlak gallery

    In a smart, irreverent exhibition at Gavlak gallery in Los Angeles, Amy Bessone takes us back to a time when divorce was shameful for women, so much so that it might land one’s picture in the newspaper.

    Bessone found and collected these images — in effect, modern-day scarlet letters — from newspaper...

  • Upfront Summit, ads and acquisitions of Mophie and Represent among week's L.A. tech highlights
    Upfront Summit, ads and acquisitions of Mophie and Represent among week's L.A. tech highlights

    NBA legend Magic Johnson, Amazon.com business development executive Jeff Blackburn and venture capitalist Fred Wilson were among the headliners at last week’s Upfront Summit.

    The Los Angeles tech conference, hosted by Santa Monica venture firm Upfront Ventures, brought hundreds of investors and...

  • Want a gothic Valentine's Day gift? This occult-inspired pop-up in Hollywood is for you
    Want a gothic Valentine's Day gift? This occult-inspired pop-up in Hollywood is for you

    In its latest temporary experiential event space, the design firm We Came in Peace has come up with Persephone’s, an avant-garde flower shop selling gothic flower arrangements planted in handmade ceramic sculptures by ceramist Ben Medansky.

    “Our agency’s purpose is to create unforgettable moments...

  • 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...

  • Making love, not war: 'The Dodgers' relives the drama of the Vietnam draft
    Making love, not war: 'The Dodgers' relives the drama of the Vietnam draft

    In December 1969, millions of Americans watched the televised drawing for the Vietnam draft. Diana Amsterdam tries to capture the impact of that dread event in her new play, “The Dodgers,” at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre.

    As an exercise in nostalgia, “The Dodgers” is richly evocative. Dramaturgically,...

  • LGBT Center's 'Ham: A Musical Memoir': A captivating confessional, in song
    LGBT Center's 'Ham: A Musical Memoir': A captivating confessional, in song

    In “Ham: A Musical Memoir,” redoubtable writer-performer Sam Harris deftly shares his trek from Sand Springs, Okla., to Hollywood, Broadway and beyond.

    The buoyantly entertaining, uncommonly affecting results should keep the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre packed during this West Coast...

  • Deal with developers will recognize Circus Disco's place in Hollywood gay history
    Deal with developers will recognize Circus Disco's place in Hollywood gay history

    Just before Danny Muñoz could reach the man who had caught his eye, someone else whisked the stranger off to dance.

    So Muñoz waited under the flashing lights for him to return. They started talking. They danced to Donna Summer. They began to fall in love in the cavernous club, a love that would...

  • Artist Toba Khedoori's new work whispers for a closer look
    Artist Toba Khedoori's new work whispers for a closer look

    Toba Khedoori burst onto the scene 20 years ago with small drawings on gigantic sheets of paper. Her realistic depictions of interiors and exteriors seemed to say: “Come in for a close look, and don’t forget to block out all of the distractions that might prevent you from focusing.”

    At Regen Projects,...

  • In Stephen Adly Guirgis' 'Den of Thieves,' deft writing steals the show
    In Stephen Adly Guirgis' 'Den of Thieves,' deft writing steals the show

    If he had been born in another generation, Stephen Adly Guirgis could have been a gag writer on “Your Show of Shows.” Guirgis can be screamingly funny, with a knack for colorful characters and deft one-liners.

    “Den of Thieves,” an early Guirgis work, introduces the playwright in a madcap mood....

  • How to get a seat at this fancy Sriracha and wine tasting event
    How to get a seat at this fancy Sriracha and wine tasting event

    If you're a Sriracha fan (and who isn't?), you may have already attempted your own Sriracha and wine pairing dinner. Friday night Sriracha-laden tacos with a bottle of red wine sound familiar? 

    Vintage Enoteca, a wine bar in Hollywood, is paying tribute to the wildly popular chile sauce by hosting...

  • Stella McCartney's first L.A. fashion presentation draws Ringo, Gwyneth, Katy Perry
    Stella McCartney's first L.A. fashion presentation draws Ringo, Gwyneth, Katy Perry

    Music aficionados know that walking between the bins of CDS and vinyl records at Amoeba Music on Sunset Boulevard is always bound to turn up something of interest, but Tuesday night took things to a whole new level, with the sales floor of the independent record store feeling like a fame-meets-fashion...

  • KTLA reporter screams as man rushes at her on live TV; he made 'sexual remark,' police say

    A KTLA journalist's live report on the death of David Bowie from Hollywood's Walk of Fame was interrupted Monday night when a man abruptly came up to her and made a lewd remark, police said.

    Channel 5's Mary Beth McDade had just begun her live report at 10:07 p.m. when a man in a hooded sweatshirt...

  • L.A. reporter screams as man touches her on live TV; he made 'sexual remark,' police say

    A KTLA journalist's live report on the death of David Bowie from Hollywood's Walk of Fame was interrupted Monday night when a man abruptly came up to her and made a lewd remark, police said.

    Channel 5's Mary Beth McDade had just begun her live report at 10:07 p.m. when a man in a hooded sweatshirt...

  • Datebook: Collages of L.A., an architectural dance project, abstractions of the Internet
    Datebook: Collages of L.A., an architectural dance project, abstractions of the Internet

    The Los Angeles art world comes roaring back to life this weekend with openings and events all over town. This includes a show that examines the psychology of horse racing in Chinatown, L.A. photography in Sawtelle, meticulously rendered drawings in Hollywood and paintings/installations that evoke...

  • Datebook: A film series at the Hammer and works about language at LACE in the New Year
    Datebook: A film series at the Hammer and works about language at LACE in the New Year

    New Year’s weekend will be generally quiet as far as openings go — though the museums will all be doing their thing, with some terrific shows ongoing. But the art world gets cooking again early next week with the opening of a film festival at the Hammer Museum and a show at LACE that examines the...

  • Comic sights, mysterious sounds at Martin Kersels show
    Comic sights, mysterious sounds at Martin Kersels show

    Compared with his large sculptures and audaciously physical performances, Martin Kersels’ pieces at Redling Fine Art are a bit subdued, but not quiet. Three quirky wooden sculptures emit mysterious sounds to an audience of peeping-Tom portraits whose eyes gaze out meekly through holes drilled in...

  • Where to celebrate New Year's Eve with a quiet dinner, a black tie party or bottle service
    Where to celebrate New Year's Eve with a quiet dinner, a black tie party or bottle service

    If you haven't made your New Year's Eve plans yet, we've got some suggestions. The following is a list of restaurants and bars around the city open on the last night of the year, from those serving a quiet dinner with a Champagne toast, to places putting on a show. Celebrate with a Spanish masquerade...

  • Last chance: John Bock's far-out installation at Regen Projects is a feast for the senses
    Last chance: John Bock's far-out installation at Regen Projects is a feast for the senses

    Wander into artist John Bock's show at Regen Projects in Hollywood and you may think you've wondered into some bizarre architectural science experiment. Objects such as chairs, lamps and televisions are rendered out of wire. Some are three dimensional — others exist only in two. 

    "Rooms" are crafted...

  • Nikolas Gambaroff: Manipulating the ghostly remains of the day
    Nikolas Gambaroff: Manipulating the ghostly remains of the day

    Nikolas Gambaroff’s previous work was derived from the newspaper, exploring its gridded layout. His new exhibition at Overduin & Co. in Hollywood is similarly anchored in journalistic imagery, but looks more like painting. It’s an intriguing evolution, if not an entirely resolved one.

    The majority...

  • City planning commission backs two 30-story towers in Hollywood
    City planning commission backs two 30-story towers in Hollywood

    The Los Angeles City Planning Commission on Thursday backed a proposal for two 30-story residential towers in Hollywood, despite a challenge from the nonprofit group next door.

    Commissioners praised the proposed Palladium Residences, saying the 731-unit project would provide much needed housing...

  • 'Hit the Wall,' acclaimed play about Stonewall riots, adds more L.A. shows
    'Hit the Wall,' acclaimed play about Stonewall riots, adds more L.A. shows

    If you missed the L.A. run of “Hit the Wall,” the popular and well-reviewed play about the 1969 Stonewall riots, you have one last chance: Five performances have been added for January.

    "Hit the Wall" had its West Coast premiere at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in September. Written by Ike Holter...

  • Man killed in Hollywood hit-and-run

    Authorities are searching for the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run in Hollywood early Sunday, Los Angeles police said.

    Passersby called police after seeing the body of the male victim lying in the middle of Ivar Avenue, just south of Hollywood Boulevard, about 4:30 a.m., said Officer...

  • Repeal Day is coming. Where to get $1 cocktails
    Repeal Day is coming. Where to get $1 cocktails

    Saturday is Repeal Day. Why should you care about something that happened almost a century ago? Well, it's the celebration of the end of Prohibition. It’s also the reason behind $1 cocktails at seven bars around Los Angeles. That’s right, seven bars (all from the 1933 Group) are serving $1 cocktails,...

  • 'Suspicious item' near Hollywood Christmas Parade route was a purse, police say
    'Suspicious item' near Hollywood Christmas Parade route was a purse, police say

    A suspicious item found Sunday afternoon near the starting point of the Hollywood Christmas Parade turned out to be a purse stuffed into a mailbox, authorities said.

    A bystander reported the "suspicious item" about 1:30 p.m. near Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, said Officer Rosario Herrera...

  • John Bock at Regen Projects: Mind-bending art for a movie town
    John Bock at Regen Projects: Mind-bending art for a movie town

    John Bock uses movies like most directors use sets: as essential ingredients of larger undertakings. That’s something we don’t often see in Los Angeles, where movies rule and other art forms play second fiddle to the silver screen.

    At Regen Projects, Bock’s fourth solo show in Los Angeles turns...

  • Developer CIM Group buys again in Hollywood, acquiring Sears store site

    Los Angeles developer CIM Group has purchased a former Sears store site in Hollywood, a 5-acre plot where the previous owner tried to build a large residential and retail project.

    It’s unclear what CIM’s plans are for the site at Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilton Place. The developer declined to...

  • Datebook: Taking on Jackie Kennedy, videos of animal life, the trials of Joan of Arc
    Datebook: Taking on Jackie Kennedy, videos of animal life, the trials of Joan of Arc

    A performance and paintings show by a first lady of performance art. Video art about the natural world. Installation pieces that play with L.A.’s architecture. And a piece that examines the trials of an important French saint. Plus: Victorian dandies and a place in which to deposit all of your...

  • Italian pizza master Franco Pepe visits the Mozza-plex
    Italian pizza master Franco Pepe visits the Mozza-plex

    Chef Nancy Silverton confided to the group gathered Thursday in the Chi Spacca portion of the Mozza complex that she was a little nervous inviting Franco Pepe into her Hancock Park restaurant. 

    “Why am I inviting the best pizza maker in the world to my counter to show you how great pizza is really...

  • Homeless man charged in Hollywood attack on tourist

    A homeless man was charged Friday with slashing and wounding a Russian tourist and swinging a knife at his family outside a popular Hollywood shopping center earlier this week, prosecutors said.

    Prosecutors charged Donald Offerman, 54, with one count of attempted murder and four counts of assault...

  • 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. 

    ...

  • Suspect in Hollywood stabbing booked on suspicion of attempted murder
    Suspect in Hollywood stabbing booked on suspicion of attempted murder

    A 54-year-old man has been booked on suspicion of attempted murder after police said he stabbed and wounded a tourist Wednesday near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

    On Thursday, police identified the alleged attacker — who was detained by two New York police detectives — as Donald M. Offerman,...

  • Tourist stabbed near Hollywood and Highland 'suddenly, for no reason'
    Tourist stabbed near Hollywood and Highland 'suddenly, for no reason'

    A tourist was stabbed near Hollywood and Highland on Wednesday afternoon, and the suspected attacker was arrested by two off-duty New York Police Department officers, authorities said.

    The attack was reported at 1:10 p.m. outside Hollywood and Highland, the popular shopping and entertainment complex...

  • On display in Hollywood: "Design geek" Michael Boyd's handcrafted modernist furnishings
    On display in Hollywood: "Design geek" Michael Boyd's handcrafted modernist furnishings

    "Looking. Learning. Thinking. Feeling. Making. Rinse and repeat" is how Michael Boyd describes his creative process. The landscape, furniture and architectural designer is perhaps best known for the restoration of the Oscar Niemeyer Strick House in Santa Monica, but his other projects — and there...

  • Datebook: Surreal scenarios, art that mines data, light works by James Turrell
    Datebook: Surreal scenarios, art that mines data, light works by James Turrell

    An exhibition that makes art of raw data. A gathering of daguerreotypes. And new works by light-and-space master James Turrell. Plus, collages of the Rijksmuseum; the surreal, coloring-book imagery of John Bankston and the work of a post-World War II northern European group of avant-garde artists....

  • Church and State alum Greg Bernhardt to open Hollywood's Paley.
    Church and State alum Greg Bernhardt to open Hollywood's Paley.

    Paley., a new restaurant by the Plan Do See global hospitality group, is scheduled to open in Hollywood this winter.  

    Greg Bernhardt, who helped open Church and State in Los Angeles' downtown Arts District, worked at Mrs. Fish and opened WineBar @ CoffeeBar with Sergio Perera (both also located...

  • 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...

  • Datebook: Art that skewers the art world, an installation about dance, abstractions of L.A.
    Datebook: Art that skewers the art world, an installation about dance, abstractions of L.A.

    A two-part exhibition complete with driving tour. Examining the psychology of the art world through Twitter. And an exhibition that explores the nature of dance. Plus: abstractions of L.A., art from Cuba and a daylong art party on Grand Avenue. Here are seven shows not to miss — along with one...

  • 'Hollywood Home Movies: Disneyland' is an E-ticket to the park's past
    'Hollywood Home Movies: Disneyland' is an E-ticket to the park's past

    Baby boomers with stardust memories of Disneyland often lament how the park has changed. Gone are the E-tickets, the Rocket to the Moon, the Skyway, the Submarine Voyage, the PeopleMover and the mule rides.

    For a misty-eyed ride into that past, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is...

  • What to do for Halloween in the L.A. area
    What to do for Halloween in the L.A. area

    Looking for a place to do the 'Monster Mash' this Halloween season? We've got you covered.

    What: Cinespia's 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' screening

    What's more fitting than a movie at a cemetery for Halloween? Celebrate the 40th anniversary of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" doing the "Time Warp."...

  • How to have an intimate lunch with Ludo Lefebvre at Trois Mec
    How to have an intimate lunch with Ludo Lefebvre at Trois Mec

    If you're still waiting to get a seat at Trois Mec, Ludo Lefebvre's swank 24-seat restaurant disguised as a Raffallo's strip mall pizza joint — you know, the one that operates via a lottery ticket system — here's your chance. 

    You can actually have an intimate lunch with the chef, and impress a...

  • Thomas Wylde gets a new creative director and a new, softer look
    Thomas Wylde gets a new creative director and a new, softer look

    Thomas Wylde, the Los Angeles brand that ignited the celebrity trend of rock 'n' roll skull-printed silk scarves in 2006, has had a reboot, with a new creative director.

    Jene Park, formerly chief operating officer, replaced Paula Thomas, the tough-talking, model-turned-stylist-turned-founder of...

  • Mother and baby found dead in Hollywood alongside crying toddler
    Mother and baby found dead in Hollywood alongside crying toddler

     When police and firefighters entered a Hollywood apartment Monday afternoon, they found a tragic scene: a mother and baby dead and a toddler wailing.

    Based on preliminary evidence, police said, the mother and 1-year-old boy had been dead about two days.

    The emergency workers went to the home in...

  • One artist is from Italy, the other from New York; what happens when worlds collide?
    One artist is from Italy, the other from New York; what happens when worlds collide?

    Inspired curatorial efforts are rare these days, so even the idea of pairing still lifes by Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) with nearly monochrome abstractions by Robert Ryman (b. 1930) excites the imagination.

    At Kohn Gallery, the juxtaposition of seven small oils on canvas and one pencil drawing...

  • Photo15 auction to benefit AIDS monument in West Hollywood
    Photo15 auction to benefit AIDS monument in West Hollywood

    On Thursday, Hollywood actress and AIDS philanthropist Sharon Stone will host Photo15, an auction of over 80 photographs by actors (Dennis Hopper and The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus) musicians (Lenny Kravitz) artists (Ed Ruscha) and legends including William Wegman, Herb Ritts and acclaimed architectural...

  • Art born of the drug wars: Camilo Restrepo on 'narco bananas' and pen-on-paper violence
    Art born of the drug wars: Camilo Restrepo on 'narco bananas' and pen-on-paper violence

    Growing up in Medellín, Colombia, in the 1980s, artist Camilo Restrepo is all too familiar with the ravages of the drug war. There were the regular car bombs planted by the henchmen of cartel leader Pablo Escobar. There was the dead man in front of his house — the victim of a hit — covered up by...

  • Datebook: Zombies of Beijing, Chicano landscapes, fountain sculptures
    Datebook: Zombies of Beijing, Chicano landscapes, fountain sculptures

    A video that riffs on zombies and urban tedium. A gathering of landscape works by Chicano artists. And a gallery full of working fountains. Plus: a projection that riffs on 19th century magic lantern performances and ceramics that take on popular culture. Here’s what to see in L.A. this week —...

  • Singer Lila Downs on death, chocolate and a new album that riffs on both
    Singer Lila Downs on death, chocolate and a new album that riffs on both

    It is hard to put the music of Lila Downs into a single category. The Mexican-born singer could fit solidly in the world of folk — frequently singing classic tunes such as "Paloma Negra" ("Black Dove"), an old ballad that dwells on the pain of lost love. But she records original compositions, too:...

  • Datebook: A Frank Gehry retrospective, art of death and rebirth, images from YouTube
    Datebook: A Frank Gehry retrospective, art of death and rebirth, images from YouTube

    It is the official beginning of the arts season and Los Angeles is awash in exhibitions — from a Frank Gehry retrospective to the latest epic video by Matthew Barney to a show of Japanese ceramics curated by Takashi Murakami. Plus: a fine art film festival, African spirits reconceived, and an L.A.-born...

  • It's worth finding this crappy Hollywood strip mall to eat at Baroo
    It's worth finding this crappy Hollywood strip mall to eat at Baroo

    Name of restaurant: Baroo. The restaurant, which has been open about three weeks, is named for the food bowl that's used by Buddhist monks. No sign, unless you count the L.A. County Health Department "A" in the window and the sandwich board listing their kombucha flavors. The tiny space is minimalist,...

  • Margaux Ogden's work rewards a second look at ltd los angeles
    Margaux Ogden's work rewards a second look at ltd los angeles

    Margaux Ogden’s L.A. debut is a pleasure to visit. Although it consists of only seven paintings, there’s plenty to look at and even more to ponder.

    It’s difficult to make short work of the Brooklyn-based artist’s acrylics on canvas at ltd/los angeles: they keep drawing you in for second looks....

  • 'Hit the Wall' returns to the spark of the LGBT rights movement
    'Hit the Wall' returns to the spark of the LGBT rights movement

    The LGBT community has made immense progress in the fight for equality — as seen in the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage this year and the appointment of the White House's first openly transgender staff member last month.

    But there is concern that a complacency born of ignorance of...

  • Wine accessories you probably need now. Discreet leather wine tote anyone?
    Wine accessories you probably need now. Discreet leather wine tote anyone?

    You may have bought a bottle of wine from Whitney Adams at DomaineLA, where she’s worked part time for the last four years. But did you know she’s also a sommelier, wine blogger and entrepreneur, who sells clever wine accessories at her online shop Bottle Stock and at DomaineLA, Arroyo General...

  • State court signals it could void Sunset and Gordon high-rise permits

    A state court issued a tentative ruling Tuesday that would void building permits for a newly completed Hollywood high-rise and probably lead to tenant evictions.

    The action marked the latest round in a three-year legal battle over the 22-story residential tower at Sunset Boulevard and Gordon Street....

  • What Jane Lynch and Marianne Williamson have in common
    What Jane Lynch and Marianne Williamson have in common

    The event:  Actress Jane Lynch (known the last few years as the comically diabolical Sue Sylvester on "Glee") and spiritual lecturer Marianne Williamson may seem to come from different worlds. But those worlds converged Saturday night at the 25th annual Angel Awards in Los Angeles.

    The annual gala...

  • Bunny Yeager, a glamour girl and glamour photographer in one
    Bunny Yeager, a glamour girl and glamour photographer in one

    Sandwiched between the performative, gender-blurring self-portraiture of Claude Cahun in the 1920s and the glossary of female roles enacted in Cindy Sherman's self-starring Film Stills of the late '70s, is the work of Bunny Yeager.

    The cover of her 1964 book, "How I Photograph Myself," shows Yeager...

  • Been saving up for Providence? Go now. Plus, an Eastside food festival
    Been saving up for Providence? Go now. Plus, an Eastside food festival

    The following are two food events you need to know about. One is super fancy; the other is not. And both deserve a spot on your calendar. 

    Michael Cimarusti is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Providence, his Melrose Avenue restaurant, which has been No. 1 on Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants...

  • Hollywood facial-hair face-off hands out 14 awards, raises $1,000 for animal rescue
    Hollywood facial-hair face-off hands out 14 awards, raises $1,000 for animal rescue

    If things looked a little hairier than usual in Hollywood over the weekend, it could well have been thanks to the L.A. Facial Hair Society’s third annual Beard & Moustache Competition, which took place at the Avalon Hollywood on Saturday.

    Sponsored by the Grave Before Shave brand of grooming products,...

  • Former Browns corner Anthony Henry turns a profit on Hollywood home
    Former Browns corner Anthony Henry turns a profit on Hollywood home

    After less than a year of ownership, NFL player turned film producer Anthony Hendry has sold his home in Hollywood for $2.65 million.

    The former Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys defensive back bought the house last September for $2.599 million, property records show.

    Completed last year, the...

  • Chaz Bono takes control of his career in 'Down the Road' at Hollywood's Lounge Theatre
    Chaz Bono takes control of his career in 'Down the Road' at Hollywood's Lounge Theatre

    To the world, Chaz Bono is one of many things: the lone child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher, an author, a transgender LGBT rights advocate. But to Bono himself, these titles mean little.

    "I'm a guy just trying to make a living as an actor just like thousands of others," Bono said.

    But thus...

  • Cinespia's John Wyatt celebrates cinema with screenings at Hollywood Forever
    Cinespia's John Wyatt celebrates cinema with screenings at Hollywood Forever

    On a recent muggy Saturday evening, John Wyatt was preparing to have 4,000 people over for movie night.

    It's a ritual Wyatt's undertaken nearly every summer weekend for more than a decade. He ran through a list of trailers with his projectionist, oversaw the placement of pillows and blankets on...

  • Steve-O nabbed by LAPD after climbing atop Hollywood crane
    Steve-O nabbed by LAPD after climbing atop Hollywood crane

    The “Jackass” star Steve-O was taken into custody Sunday after he climbed atop a construction crane in Hollywood, police said.

    More than 80 firefighters were called to the 6000 block of West Selma Avenue about 8 p.m. on reports of a possible suicide attempt after an unidentified person was spotted...

  • The Wanderlust spirit at a new Hollywood yoga mega-studio
    The Wanderlust spirit at a new Hollywood yoga mega-studio

    Wanderlust Hollywood aims to reinvent the yoga studio by helping patrons internalize the Wanderlust philosophy: Find your true north (that is, your best self).

    The center, in the former home of Golden Bridge Yoga, opened July 24 after an artful nine-month remodel. Now it's a nouveau Bohemian community...

  • Thomas Wylde, the fashion label that made Hollywood crazy for skull prints, heads in a new direction
    Thomas Wylde, the fashion label that made Hollywood crazy for skull prints, heads in a new direction

    Thomas Wylde, the Los Angeles brand that ignited the celebrity trend for rock 'n' roll skull-printed silk scarves in 2006, is getting an extreme makeover.

    Gone is Paula Thomas, the tough-talking, model-turned-stylist-turned-founder of the neo-Gothic label, popular with Lindsay Lohan, Sienna Miller,...

  • 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...

  • Auction bids a bust for Band of Outsiders; brand to remain in hands of creditor
    Auction bids a bust for Band of Outsiders; brand to remain in hands of creditor

    The intellectual property and inventory of the L.A.-based Band of Outsiders brand that went under the gavel at public auction Wednesday morning in New York City will remain in the hands of the Belgian fashion fund that organized the sale.

    Although the law firm handling the sale did not return several...

  • Get ready for the biggest beer weekend of the summer
    Get ready for the biggest beer weekend of the summer

    Summer was made for drinking beer — or maybe beer was made to drink during summer. Either way, with the dog days of August nearly upon us, the time for sipping on craft suds is nigh. And there’s one weekend in particular with some of the year’s best beer events on tap.

    Friday, Aug. 7 — Brew at...

  • Danny McBride puts his Hollywood penthouse loft up for rent
    Danny McBride puts his Hollywood penthouse loft up for rent

    Comic actor Danny McBride, known for his role as Kenny Powers on the HBO comedy “Eastbound & Down,” has listed a penthouse loft in Hollywood for lease at $7,999 a month.

    Found atop the Broadway Hollywood building, the one-bedroom unit features 2,149 square feet of open space with dark wood floors,...

  • Kenny Powers puts his Hollywood penthouse loft up for rent
    Kenny Powers puts his Hollywood penthouse loft up for rent

    Actor Danny McBride of "Eastbound & Down" fame has listed his Hollywood loft for rent at $7,995 a month.

  • Artist Rafa Esparza is using 5,000 adobe bricks to make a building-inside-a-building in Hollywood
    Artist Rafa Esparza is using 5,000 adobe bricks to make a building-inside-a-building in Hollywood

    Step into Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in Hollywood and you will feel the crunch of dry dirt underfoot. Here and there are bits of straw. All around is the smell of earth. And all of it is emanating from the hundreds of hand-made adobe bricks that are stacked around the gallery,...

  • Band of Outsiders inventory, intellectual property heads to the auction block July 29
    Band of Outsiders inventory, intellectual property heads to the auction block July 29

    The intellectual property and inventory of the L.A.-based Band of Outsiders label are headed to public auction Tuesday according to a legal notice published in Wednesday’s print edition of fashion industry trade paper WWD.

    The notice of public sale reads in part, “CLCC S.A (‘Secured Party’) will...

  • Review: Michaela Eichwald at Overduin & Co.
    Review: Michaela Eichwald at Overduin & Co.

    There is nothing precious about the gritty, grimy, sometimes even coarse abstract paintings of Berlin-based artist Michaela Eichwald. They work their considerable magic in spite of it.

    Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say in concert with it. These are paintings that operate on carefully balanced...

  • Review: Sally Bruno at LAM Gallery
    Review: Sally Bruno at LAM Gallery

    Sally Bruno piles on the paint in her solo debut at LAM Gallery. So thickly layered is the paint and so visually tactile are the surfaces that her 14 recent works might almost be called relief sculptures.

    Still lifes, birds, domestic interiors and gardens are Bruno’s most common subjects, and the...

  • Los Angeles tightens regulations on new building near quake faults
    Los Angeles tightens regulations on new building near quake faults

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday that the city has begun more extensive scrutiny of new developments proposed near earthquake faults on the Westside, in the South Bay and in Northeast L.A.

    Under the new rules, the city is requiring developers to study whether faults run under their...

  • Housing activists urge city to investigate Airbnb rentals at Hollywood site
    Housing activists urge city to investigate Airbnb rentals at Hollywood site

    In the latest skirmish in Los Angeles' expanding war over the sharing economy, housing and labor activists are demanding the city investigate a Hollywood apartment building that they claim "skirted" rent control regulations by offering apartments for short stays through the Airbnb website.

    At a...

  • Gifted performer, but 'All American Girl' has simplistic worldview
    Gifted performer, but 'All American Girl' has simplistic worldview

    Playwright Wendy Graf grapples with the reasons a young American woman would convert to Islamic radicalism in her world premiere solo show, “All American Girl,” an InterACT Theatre Company production at the Lounge Theatre.

    Annika Marks, alternating with Jeanne Syquia, plays the extremely impressionable...

  • Art Review: Michaela Eichwald "quo vadis gnothi sauton and cui bono" at Overduin & Co.
    Art Review: Michaela Eichwald "quo vadis gnothi sauton and cui bono" at Overduin & Co.

    When painters want to get serious, they usually turn to oil on canvas. If money’s no object and they want to make something special, they often move up to oil on linen, which is even more prestigious.

    For centuries, such top-shelf materials—hand-crafted from natural minerals, organic liquids and...

  • Wanderlust cafe, yoga studio, members-only social club is opening in Hollywood
    Wanderlust cafe, yoga studio, members-only social club is opening in Hollywood

    If you've been longing to do yoga, munch on a kale Caesar salad, sunbathe in a garden, meditate on life for an hour or so and catch up on some reading in a private library, here's your chance to do it all in one space. 

    The folks behind Wanderlust Festival, the festival for yoga and music enthusiasts...

  • 'Black Lagoon,' 'Star Wars' art among vintage posters on view before Bonhams auction
    'Black Lagoon,' 'Star Wars' art among vintage posters on view before Bonhams auction

    An original Dan Goozee preliminary painting for a 1977 "Star Wars" poster, a one-sheet from the 1954 3-D horror classic "Creature From the Black Lagoon," a French poster of Jean Cocteau's 1946 masterpiece "Beauty and the Beast" and a poster from the 1933 Greta Garbo historical drama "Queen Christina"...

  • In 'Recorded in Hollywood,' Dolphin family's lore crosses over into R&B history
    In 'Recorded in Hollywood,' Dolphin family's lore crosses over into R&B history

    There won't be any need for spoiler alerts if the new musical "Recorded in Hollywood" fulfills its creators' main objective — which is to bring the story of an unusually ambitious and resourceful 1950s Los Angeles music entrepreneur out of obscurity and into the limelight.

    For now, consider yourselves...

  • L.A. homes under $500,000, under 750 square feet
    L.A. homes under $500,000, under 750 square feet

    Although multimillion-dollar mansions and homes built on speculation fuel fantasies and headlines, there are plenty of people in the market for something with a lesser footprint. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County built on a smaller scale and priced under $500,000. The two-bedroom...

  • L.A. homes under $500,000, under 750 square feet
    L.A. homes under $500,000, under 750 square feet

    Although multimillion-dollar mansions and homes built on speculation fuel fantasies and headlines, there are plenty of people in the market for something with a lesser footprint. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County built on a smaller scale and priced under $500,000.

    MOUNT WASHINGTON:...

  • Datebook: A photo archive, experiments from Yale MFAs, an architecture of columns
    Datebook: A photo archive, experiments from Yale MFAs, an architecture of columns

    A photographic archive covering two decades comes to life in Culver City. Yale MFAs get a show in West Hollywood. And an L.A. architect plays with the idea of the column. It’s Fourth of July, so openings are limited. (Be sure to check ahead for gallery hours over the weekend since many places may...

  • Find the rosés nobody else has at the Garagiste Festival
    Find the rosés nobody else has at the Garagiste Festival

    Is this rosé weather or what? Time to lay in your supply for the summer. But how about going with some that aren't as well known as the rosés from Domaine Tempier, Miraval, Arnot-Roberts or Robert Sinskey? To find rosés produced in minuscule quantities that even your most savvy wine geek friends...

  • City of L.A. slow to repair sidewalks despite complaints and injuries
    City of L.A. slow to repair sidewalks despite complaints and injuries

    Los Angeles' crumbling sidewalks long have symbolized the challenges facing pedestrians in this car-dominated city.

    After years of hearing complaints about sidewalks made impassable by cracks, buckles and bulging tree roots, officials recently announced plans to spend nearly $1.4 billion on an...

  • Datebook: Vintage pix of Hollywood and master drawings from Italy
    Datebook: Vintage pix of Hollywood and master drawings from Italy

    The naturalistic works of a Renaissance Master. Art that is all about flatness. And an installation that explores notions of family and memory by queer artists and others. Plus: a painter gets her due in Laguna Beach, murals go up in Long Beach, and a photographer’s vintage images of Hollywood...

  • At Regen Projects, Rachel Harrison showcases the art of self-importance
    At Regen Projects, Rachel Harrison showcases the art of self-importance

    Rachel Harrison's thoroughly dispiriting show at Regen Projects includes a series of photographs of footprints in snow and slush. The 34 images, made on an iPhone, are unremarkable. Their collective title, however, is revealing: "FOMO," an acronym for Fear of Missing Out, serves fairly well to...

  • Inexplicable behavior somehow never trips up 'Bound to Vengeance'
    Inexplicable behavior somehow never trips up 'Bound to Vengeance'

    Much like the protagonist in "Oldboy," twentysomething Eve (Tina Ivlev) escapes an abductor, Phil (Richard Tyson), at the beginning of "Bound to Vengeance." But immediately upon realizing she's stranded in the middle of nowhere, she returns to the dilapidated shack where he held her captive.

    While...

  • Acceptance and attendance grow at Trans Pride L.A.
    Acceptance and attendance grow at Trans Pride L.A.

    Neil Massey, an 18-year-old transgender man, stood proudly before his first work of art to ever be displayed in a gallery: a portrait of Pope Joan.

    "It's the story of being who you are and going after your dreams," said Massey, standing at the art exhibit Saturday at Trans Pride Los Angeles as...

  • Change is in the air as the Yes Men return
    Change is in the air as the Yes Men return

    To the ire and embarrassment of politicians, media outlets and multinational corporations, Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum (a.k.a. the Yes Men) have been plying their brilliantly satirical brand of performance-art activism for more than 15 years.

    The third documentary to chronicle their exploits...

  • Celebrity lawyers Shapiro and Geragos at odds over sex tape in actor's rape case
    Celebrity lawyers Shapiro and Geragos at odds over sex tape in actor's rape case

    The rape accounts sounded strikingly similar.

    Two women, who didn't know each other, told authorities about separate incidents in which they had accompanied actor Robert Aaron Stephens on a night out in Hollywood. They both accepted a drink from him and quickly felt dazed after drinking it. Each...

  • Police shoot man in Hollywood after he allegedly brandishes a knife
    Police shoot man in Hollywood after he allegedly brandishes a knife

    A man was shot by police in Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly brandished a knife, authorities said.

    Two police officers responded to Lexington and North Sycamore avenues about 4:16 p.m. on reports that a man was threatening people with a knife, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman...

  • With a wink, Phyllis Green makes it easier to walk the walk
    With a wink, Phyllis Green makes it easier to walk the walk

    Sincerity and levity collide, elegantly, in "Walking the Walk," Phyllis Green's appealing show at LAM.

    The title refers to an actual journey--that of the disciple approaching a guru, as per a particular section of the Upanishad--and also making good on its prescribed ritual demand, the carrying...

  • Road rage in Hollywood spawns fistfight between two drivers
    Road rage in Hollywood spawns fistfight between two drivers

    A fistfight erupted in Hollywood this week after two drivers became embroiled in a dispute over a lane change.

    The brawl occurred on the southbound side of Highland Avenue next to Hollywood High School and was captured on video obtained by KTLA-TV Channel 5.

    The video shows the driver of a blue...

  • Where to find Minh Phan's porridge, with wine this weekend
    Where to find Minh Phan's porridge, with wine this weekend

    If you can't stop dreaming of Minh Phan's porridge with savory summer pickle, jam and fried stuffed mochi, we don't blame you. 

    And if you've been missing the good stuff since Phan closed Field Trip, along with her Porridge and Puffs pop-up last month, to look for a new location, you can get your...

  • Lawyers apologize to Hollywood execs wrongly accused of sexual abuse
    Lawyers apologize to Hollywood execs wrongly accused of sexual abuse

    The allegations unsettled Hollywood: teenage boys invited to pool parties at an Encino mansion where they were offered drugs and drink, with the tacit understanding that they would be expected to have sex with older men in attendance, most working in the entertainment industry.

    The claims by former...

  • Datebook: A master of assemblage, art and AIDS, the selfie stick in sculpture
    Datebook: A master of assemblage, art and AIDS, the selfie stick in sculpture

    The wild assemblages of a longtime Los Angeles sculptor. Art in the age of the AIDS crisis. A German painter gets his due. Selfie sticks in sculpture. Plus: video art from Mexico and Venezuela (the latter by way of Seattle) and a group show that is all about L.A. Here’s what we’ve got in the Datebook:

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