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Nathan Mabry's splendid drawings and smile-inducing sculptures

The first room of the exhibition at Cherry and Martin has five splendid drawings, each created by layering outlines of faces taken from art objects. They suggest Asian, African or Native American sources, but also European art. The outlines are so thoroughly intertwined that it’s impossible to...

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  • Three L.A.-area restaurants that can satisfy a craving for rice

    Three L.A.-area restaurants that can satisfy a craving for rice

    Some people are obsessed with rice. Go to their houses and you'll find electric rice cookers, small and large, maybe one of those woven bamboo cones used to steam Thai sticky rice, or a thick-sided ceramic donabe specially designed for cooking rice. I once saw a Japanese woman in kimono walk into...

  • 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...

  • BOGO waffle sandwiches for National Waffle Day and free pancakes with Pancake Bob

    BOGO waffle sandwiches for National Waffle Day and free pancakes with Pancake Bob

    National Waffle Day is Sunday, and to celebrate, the Wafflette Cafe in Orange County is offering guests a buy-one-get-one-free deal. If you stop in Saturday or Sunday, you can buy one savory waffle sandwich and get one free. Some of the waffle sandwiches include pulled pork, smoked salmon and tuna....

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  • 'Devan Shimoyama/Salomón Huerta': Two artists' portraits of the soul

    'Devan Shimoyama/Salomón Huerta': Two artists' portraits of the soul

    With just the right mix of purposefulness and playfulness, the two-artist exhibition “Devan Shimoyama/Salomón Huerta” at Samuel Freeman gallery sets visitors to thinking about what it means to be human while leaving us free to make up our own minds.  Such independence also matches the attitudes...

  • 10 must-try, late-night taco trucks and stands

    10 must-try, late-night taco trucks and stands

    There’s nothing quite like ending a night on the town standing under the bright fluorescent lights of a food truck, carelessly consuming a warm, beautifully arranged plastic foam plate of tacos al pastor.  L.A. offers a vast array of options on the ever-expanding taco spectrum. There are artisanal...

  • A head-spinning journey to the edges of Farrah Karapetian's photographic world

    A head-spinning journey to the edges of Farrah Karapetian's photographic world

    Farrah Karapetian makes photographs the old-fashioned way: placing objects on sheets of treated paper, shining lights on her simple studio setups and then fixing the images with chemicals. The L.A. artist also improvises freely, splashing water onto the paper, letting bits of ice melt atop it and...

  • George Legrady's lenticular photographs layer time and memory

    George Legrady's lenticular photographs layer time and memory

    Time conventionally is visualized as a line moving forward, but viscerally we experience it as something messier and more richly complicated -- as a matter of coexisting planes, for instance, past and present, layered and interlaced. George Legrady's affecting new work at Edward Cella gallery hinges...

  • 'Madame Psychosis': Kelly Lynch is obsessed with JFK in art film

    'Madame Psychosis': Kelly Lynch is obsessed with JFK in art film

    Rosson Crow’s paintings have long felt a little empty — virtuosic evocations of place, waiting for the action to begin. Now, with her first film at Honor Fraser, they finally make sense. Paintings of lushly decorated spaces executed with Crow’s trademark florid brights and abstract flourishes fill...

  • John Bankston's surreal storytelling on parade at Walter Maciel Gallery

    John Bankston's surreal storytelling on parade at Walter Maciel Gallery

    In his latest exhibition at Walter Maciel Gallery, John Bankston continues his exploration of a mysterious personal mythology and one’s relationship to making art. Although this outing feels a lot like his last show at the gallery in 2013, Bankston’s work still piques the imagination. SIGN UP for...

  • Home of the Day: A loft-style living experience in Culver City
    Home of the Day: A loft-style living experience in Culver City

    Found on the outskirts of the Culver City Arts District, this newly built residence offers a loft-style experience with three floors of living, open-plan spaces and vaulted ceilings. Inviting indoor-outdoor entertaining, private balconies and covered decks extend off the upper levels of the home.

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  • Home of the Day: A loft-style living experience in Culver City
    Home of the Day: A loft-style living experience in Culver City

    The three-story home, listed for sale at $1.278 million, features bleached hardwood floors, private balconies and a loft-style floor plan.

  • 'The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up' at Blum & Poe: Startling work of Cobra artists
    'The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up' at Blum & Poe: Startling work of Cobra artists

    The L.A. version of “The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy” is a wonderfully unwieldy sprawl that fills the six main spaces at Blum & Poe and spills out into two hallways. With more than 150 paintings, sculptures, collages and photographs by 44 artists made from 1948 to the present...

  • Jeff Colson, wizard of illusion, at Maloney Fine Art
    Jeff Colson, wizard of illusion, at Maloney Fine Art

    The centerpiece of Jeff Colson's small but mighty show at Maloney is an installation titled "Stacks." A drop-leaf kitchen table stands alongside a two-drawer file cabinet, and the tops of both are heaped with paper: towering stacks, stray sheets, folded and wrinkled pieces.

    A yellow milk crate...

  • Lynn Aldrich transforms the physical in 'Velvet Painting: Ascension'
    Lynn Aldrich transforms the physical in 'Velvet Painting: Ascension'

    Lynn Aldrich's "Velvet Painting: Ascension" is at once a sly joke and a gorgeous reverie.

    Not a painting at all, the 2015 piece, at Edward Cella, is really an assemblage that mimics the format of a medium-size (50-by-38 inch) painting. Aldrich has stacked hundreds of velvet and velveteen strips...

  • 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....

  • What is truth? One painter's mesmerizing new show offers an answer
    What is truth? One painter's mesmerizing new show offers an answer

    At a time when the idea of truth is derided for being authoritarian, if not downright fascistic, it’s refreshing to read the title of Ruth Pastine’s 13th solo show in Southern California: “The Inevitability of Truth.”

    It flies in the face of the rabid relativism that defines so much contemporary...

  • Humble ceramics in a stunning installation at Blum & Poe
    Humble ceramics in a stunning installation at Blum & Poe

    The presentation of Japanese ceramics at Blum & Poe is spectacular, but two other aspects of the current show are also noteworthy.

    The first, and most likely to get visitors through the door, is its guest curator: Takashi Murakami, the most recognizable name in contemporary Japanese art and a major...

  • What's new at India Sweet House? Chinese food
    What's new at India Sweet House? Chinese food

    India Sweet House on Pico celebrates its 34th anniversary on Aug. 27.

    It’s much the same now as it was then — founder Jagdish (Jack) Chiller is on hand almost every day, offering the same sweets and snacks. But recently, something new was added — Indo-Chinese food. This was the idea of Chiller’s...

  • Review: Floris Neususs at Von Lintel gallery
    Review: Floris Neususs at Von Lintel gallery

    Before there were photographs made with cameras, there were photograms – or, to use Henry Fox Talbot’s 1834 term, “photogenic drawings.” Put an object on light-sensitive paper, add strong illumination and a shadowy picturee appears – without mediating machinery.

    At Von Lintel Gallery, a selection...

  • All lanes of 10 Freeway in Mid-City reopened after fatal crash
    All lanes of 10 Freeway in Mid-City reopened after fatal crash

    All lanes on the eastbound 10 Freeway in Mid-City were reopened after a fatal crash early Monday forced a full closure.

    The lanes reopened about 7:30 a.m. at La Brea Avenue after a pair of collisions involved six cars, the California Highway Patrol said.

    The first crash occurred about 3:45 a.m.,...

  • The residents of 'Lonesome Valley' play well with one another
    The residents of 'Lonesome Valley' play well with one another

    There’s one great reason to visit “Meanwhile in Lonesome Valley,” an invigorating little exhibition organized by artist Sayre Gomez for Loudhailer Gallery. That reason is Barbara Rossi’s great little painting from 1981.

    Titled “Double Crossing Lonesome Valley,” the nearly symmetrical composition...

  • Rapper Boogie puts son Darius first — sometimes even on his songs
    Rapper Boogie puts son Darius first — sometimes even on his songs

    Going by his newest music video, you'd think Boogie was the life of the party.

    In the raucous clip for "Oh My," his best-known song, a crew of what looks like hundreds dance their way through Compton, his hometown — on a city bus, on a front lawn, on street corners, in the middle of the road, even...

  • Cynthia Ona Innis' painted topographies resonate
    Cynthia Ona Innis' painted topographies resonate

    Cynthia Ona Innis painted, dyed, bleached and collaged her absorbing new work at Walter Maciel Gallery, and her layered process resonates meaningfully with the geological complexity and stratification of the California landscapes that were her inspiration.

    The paintings have their own rich topographies,...

  • Sarah Cain's painting, with grit and spark
    Sarah Cain's painting, with grit and spark

    As a painter, Sarah Cain is a major fangirl. Not the vapid or uninteresting kind, but an incisive, seriously playful and intensely talented obsessive.

    She is fixated on putting paint where it belongs, which could be just about anywhere. The 20 results in her second solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery...

  • 8 injured when vehicle crashes into Chipotle restaurant in Mid-City
    8 injured when vehicle crashes into Chipotle restaurant in Mid-City

    Several customers inside a Chipotle restaurant in Mid-City suffered minor injures Friday when a vehicle crashed into the side of the building, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

    The accident occurred about 2:10 p.m. at 4550 W. Pico Boulevard when a car struck the building, according...

  • 15 great places for food lovers in Culver City
    15 great places for food lovers in Culver City

    In the past decade or so, once-sleepy Culver City has blossomed into an exciting food destination. Part of this is because of the shrewd city planning — all those city parking garages and broad cafe table-ready sidewalks downtown. The Helms Bakery complex with its restaurants — and hot dog cart...

  • Overturned big rig snarls traffic on 10 Freeway; several lanes closed
    Overturned big rig snarls traffic on 10 Freeway; several lanes closed

    An overturned big rig is expected to snarl traffic on the 10 Freeway in Mid-City for  hours after it crashed into a center divider Friday morning, shutting down several lanes in both directions.

    A SigAlert was issued after the remnants of the crash spilled onto four lanes of the eastbound 10 Freeway...

  • Art Review: Edward Burtynsky at Von Lintel Gallery
    Art Review: Edward Burtynsky at Von Lintel Gallery

    If ants had cameras—as well as helicopters, drones and hydraulic lifts—they might make photographs that look a lot like Edward Burtynsky’s sublime pictures of the marks humans have made on our planet.

    These include massive dams, mines, wells and farms, alongside quarries, irrigation systems and...

  • Mineo Mizuno at Samuel Freeman: serene, whimsical, surprising
    Mineo Mizuno at Samuel Freeman: serene, whimsical, surprising

    Mineo Mizuno's work over the last dozen years or more -- tall ceramic teardrops and rounded, stone-like discs in gorgeous glazes -- has been instantly recognizable as his. To enter his show at Samuel Freeman seems, at first, to encounter another artist.

    But only at first. A deeply satisfying experience,...

  • Culver City man pleads not guilty to repeatedly raping 15-year-old girl
    Culver City man pleads not guilty to repeatedly raping 15-year-old girl

    A Culver City man was charged Thursday with repeatedly raping a 15-year-old girl whom prosecutors allege he kept in his home for three weeks.Samuel Robert Duran Jr., 33, pleaded not guilty to a dozen counts, including multiple counts of rape and forced penetration, according to the Los Angeles...

  • Datebook: Experimental photography, stitched portraits, night of stories
    Datebook: Experimental photography, stitched portraits, night of stories

    A night of live storytelling, pictures that play with the act of picture-making, a children’s story reinvented, and stitched pieces that evoke innocent childhood games as well as sin. Plus: a longtime L.A. gallerist unveils her new space downtown, 100 walkers take to West Hollywood, and Moby talks...

  • Gonzales-Day fills the holes of history
    Gonzales-Day fills the holes of history

    Ken Gonzales-Day's work is instructive but far from didactic. It's a history lesson taught through the framing of holes in the record and by collapsing the space between different times and places. It disturbs in direct proportion to its importance, and it does disturb.

    Gonzales-Day began his “Erased...

  • A debut that eschews bells and whistles for discovery
    A debut that eschews bells and whistles for discovery

    Erin Morrison uses a monoprint process to make low-relief sculptures that look like contemporary abstract paintings — of the lyrical variety — while putting visitors in mind of ancient ruins, medieval frescoes and prehistoric fossils, as well as death masks, tombstones, dry lake beds and the clay...

  • Pat O'Neill plays fast and loose at Cherry and Martin
    Pat O'Neill plays fast and loose at Cherry and Martin

    If computers could dream, Pat O’Neill might be their Sigmund Freud.

    His multilayered films, sculptures, collages and drawings — in a mesmerizing mini-survey at Cherry and Martin — seem to be made from the deleted files, trashed photos and lost messages that are beyond the reach of our phones and...

  • Paintings by Theodora Allen trippy but not trite
    Paintings by Theodora Allen trippy but not trite

    Theodora Allen paints in thin layers of oil, wiping away each addition before applying the next. The images that result are more visions than views. They have the consistency of meditations or memories, at once persuasive and elusive.

    Her affecting work, at Blum & Poe, features snakes, moths and...

  • Two arrested in break-in at medical marijuana dispensary in Mid-City

    Los Angeles police said two people were arrested early Saturday after breaking into a medical marijuana dispensary in Mid-City.

    The break-in occurred about 4:30 a.m. at the dispensary near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue, said LAPD Officer Jack Richter.

    Officers responding...

  • Hung Liu's spectacular take on a humble flower
    Hung Liu's spectacular take on a humble flower

    Currently enjoying a retrospective at the Palm Springs Museum of Art, Bay Area painter Hung Liu debuts a refreshing new body of work at Walter Maciel.

    Liu, who has been making dramatic paintings of turn-of-the-century Chinese prostitutes, laborers and soldiers since the 1980s, has sometimes seemed...

  • Thomas Burke's bigger, bolder Op Art
    Thomas Burke's bigger, bolder Op Art

    Thomas Burke’s new paintings are eye-grabbing extravaganzas that pack more visual wallop into their brightly colored surfaces than has been seen since artists like Richard Anuszkiewicz, Bridget Riley, Julian Stanczak and Victor Vasarely invented Op Art in the 1960s.

    That short-lived moment, along...

  • Home of the Day: 1920s Dutch Colonial Revival in Lafayette Square
    Home of the Day: 1920s Dutch Colonial Revival in Lafayette Square

    An eye-catching gambrel roof with flared eaves is among the defining features of this 1920s Dutch Colonial Revival-style residence in Lafayette Square. Delicate molding, mortise locksets and a brick fireplace are in keeping with the vintage of the Mongtomery & Nibecker-designed home. Among updates,...

  • Home of the Day: 1920s Dutch Colonial Revival in Lafayette Square
    Home of the Day: 1920s Dutch Colonial Revival in Lafayette Square

    The distinguished residence, listed for $1.349 million, is one of three Dutch Colonial Revival homes designed by architects Montgomery & Nibecker in Lafayette Square.

  • Beautiful, conceptually ticklish photograms by Farrah Karapetian
    Beautiful, conceptually ticklish photograms by Farrah Karapetian

    Farrah Karapetian's luscious, provocative work at Von Lintel marries two traditions in photography — that of the staged picture and of the image made without a camera.

    Both have been around since the medium's earliest years, and both remain vital, thanks, in part, to a wave of contemporary practitioners...

  • Blue McRight, 'Drink Me,' at Samuel Freeman
    Blue McRight, 'Drink Me,' at Samuel Freeman

    A kinder and gentler style of Surrealism takes shape in Blue McRight’s sculptures at Samuel Freeman.

    Sexual innuendo plays a big part in the L.A. artist’s stylish assemblages, which are too tightly wound to be unsettling and too literal in their evocation of phallic symbols to leave the imagination...

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