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Danny Janklow takes the lead among young L.A. jazz musicians.

When one considers the outstanding young jazz musicians in Los Angeles who are most likely to move the music forward, alto saxophonist Danny Janklow is in the front of the pack. His animated solo spots at the recent Playboy Jazz Festival with John Beasley's MONK'estra were among the highlights...

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  • Mark Peel's Bombo getting closer at Grand Central Market

    Mark Peel's Bombo getting closer at Grand Central Market

    Mark Peel’s Bombo is getting closer to dropping. That’s the name the chef has come up with for his new fish stand at the Grand Central Market.  “It’s Spanish for kettle drum,” Peel said, while shopping at International Marine Products downtown for fish for a pop-up dinner Tuesday night at Rascals....

  • Chef of the Moment: Church Key's Steven Fretz is the man behind Top Round too

    Chef of the Moment: Church Key's Steven Fretz is the man behind Top Round too

    Steven Fretz is the executive chef and a partner at sandwicherie Top Round Roast Beef in Mid-Wilshire and executive chef of the Church Key on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, where snacks such as sliced Benton ham and cocktails including canned Negronis are served from dim-sum-style carts. Fretz...

  • 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,...

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  • How LACMA found its zoot suit -- and set a new auction record
    How LACMA found its zoot suit -- and set a new auction record

    For five years, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been working on an exhibition about the history of men's fashion from the 18th century to the present. And for more than five years, its curators have been desperately trying to acquire one key piece: an authentic 1940s zoot suit.

    The flared,...

  • 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...

  • Composer Michael Mortilla is planning an 8 1/2-hour public improv session for LACMA's silent movies
    Composer Michael Mortilla is planning an 8 1/2-hour public improv session for LACMA's silent movies

    One film tells the story of a young woman whose freewheeling sexual ways meet a tragic end. Another tells the sad tale of a poor man who takes the blame for his girlfriend's crime. There’s also a realistic observation of daily life in Berlin during the roaring '20s. 

    Since October, these historic...

  • Danny Trejo talks vegan tacos at the new Trejo's Tacos on La Brea
    Danny Trejo talks vegan tacos at the new Trejo's Tacos on La Brea

    If you've driven down La Brea Avenue near Olympic Boulevard over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed a big sign for Trejo's Tacos, featuring the face of actor Danny Trejo, that cool guy from the "Machete" movies and "From Dusk Till Dawn."

    This is Trejo's new taco restaurant — a project...

  • Freedom, step by step: Dance and sculpture at Mackey Garage Top
    Freedom, step by step: Dance and sculpture at Mackey Garage Top

    Writing about art is like dancing about architecture: It’s a ridiculous thing to do. Yet, the latter is precisely what happens in Viennese artist Marko Lulic’s compelling video at the MAK Center’s Mackey Garage Top.

    Five dancers improvise and interact with one another in response to a strikingly...

  • Datebook: Talismanic assemblages, contemporary interventions at the Huntington, Diego Rivera watercolors
    Datebook: Talismanic assemblages, contemporary interventions at the Huntington, Diego Rivera watercolors

    A long-time assemblage artist unveils recent works in Leimert Park. A contemporary artist takes on vintage European painting in San Marino. And the Maya-inspired watercolors of a famed Mexican muralist go on view in Santa Ana. Plus, video installation at a vintage department store, a cardboard...

  • Art for Instagram: 3 lessons from LACMA's 'Rain Room'
    Art for Instagram: 3 lessons from LACMA's 'Rain Room'

    The Rain Room by Random International at LACMA has been wildly popular since opening early last month. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times) The "Rain Room" at the L.A. County Museum of Art — the installation consisting of a torrent of falling water that ceases to fall whenever the viewer steps into...

  • 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...

  • LACMA's Art+Film Gala a Gucci eclectic-dressed fest
    LACMA's Art+Film Gala a Gucci eclectic-dressed fest

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted its star-studded Art + Film Gala on Saturday night. But with so many designers and creatively dressed in attendance, it may be time to start calling it the Art+Film+Fashion Gala.

    The event honored artist James Turrell and Academy Award–winning director...

  • 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....

  • Home of the Day: 1920s Spanish near Miracle Mile asks $1.369 million
    Home of the Day: 1920s Spanish near Miracle Mile asks $1.369 million

    The vintage of this 1920s Spanish-style home on the outskirts of the Miracle Mile is evidenced in the living room, which features a barrel ceiling, arched casement windows and an original Batchelder tile fireplace. Modern updates include a refreshed kitchen complete with pendant lighting, a stainless-steel...

  • Home of the Day: 1920s Spanish near Miracle Mile asks $1.369 million
    Home of the Day: 1920s Spanish near Miracle Mile asks $1.369 million

    Barrel ceilings, arched French windows and an original Batchelder tile fireplace highlight this 1920s Spanish-style house in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles.

  • First look inside LACMA's Rain Room: an indoor storm where you won't get wet...honest
    First look inside LACMA's Rain Room: an indoor storm where you won't get wet...honest

    On Sunday, the rains will arrive — slicing the air in great, silvery sheets, hitting the ground with a splash and a deafening whoosh.

    Those caught in this particular downpour, however, will remain magically dry.

    The Rain Room, an immersive, large-scale light and sound installation, is making its...

  • A night of comedy in the name of Peter Boyle raises $600,000 to fight myeloma
    A night of comedy in the name of Peter Boyle raises $600,000 to fight myeloma

    The late, great Peter Boyle may have shuffled off this mortal coil nearly a decade ago, but anyone who was lucky enough to be at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Saturday night will tell you his memory —and legacy of laughter – is alive and well.

    The occasion was the International Myeloma Foundation’s...

  • Datebook: Weimar-era art, photos after the bomb, a show about Irvine's radicals
    Datebook: Weimar-era art, photos after the bomb, a show about Irvine's radicals

    Art from one of Germany’s most turbulent periods. A show about Irvine’s art radicals. And photographs of objects forever damaged by the bombing of Hiroshima. Plus: a biennial of contemporary art from the Americas, early collages by a Nigerian-born artist and the Brewery Art Walk. Here’s what we’ve...

  • Datebook: Works from cut paper, abstractions of maps, a documentary about land art
    Datebook: Works from cut paper, abstractions of maps, a documentary about land art

    Elaborate sculptures made of cut paper. Photographs that function as everything but photographs. And early color field abstractions embedded with the profiles of continents. Plus: a conversation with Frank Gehry's biographer, a pair of visiting artists in Pomona and a documentary about land art...

  • Woman held in fatal beating of boyfriend's mother
    Woman held in fatal beating of boyfriend's mother

    An argument between a 26-year-old woman and her boyfriend's mother ended with the mother being bludgeoned to death in the backyard of a San Fernando Valley home, police said.

    The dispute erupted between Cecelia Sharkey and her boyfriend's mother about 11 a.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Victory...

  • Central L.A. homes with character for less than $1 million
    Central L.A. homes with character for less than $1 million

    The central region of Los Angeles has a diverse housing stock that includes some of the oldest and most individual homes in the county. Here’s a sampling of early 1900s homes for sale in central neighborhoods for under $1 million.

    HARVARD HEIGHTS: On the market for the first time in 50 years, this...

  • 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 —...

  • 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...

  • Within UC Berkeley's famous tower, a scarcely known trove of fossils
    Within UC Berkeley's famous tower, a scarcely known trove of fossils

    Deep in the heart of a bell tower, Eric Holt leans over and pulls open a wooden drawer filled with bones. The walls of this dimly lit room and those below are lined with shelves upon shelves of fossils — mammoth tusks, bison jaws, giant sloth limbs.

    Some drawers are neatly organized, tiny specimens...

  • Her script didn't call for this uncomfortable situation
    Her script didn't call for this uncomfortable situation

    In my first summer in L.A., I find myself bored. There are a lot of things to do, but I lack company. I'm not sure how to meet people when I'm in between jobs and no longer in school. I don't have friends to go out with, and I refuse to go to bars alone, so I turn to online dating. Out of curiosity,...

  • Back-to-school meets Endless Summer at Irvine Spectrum Center
    Back-to-school meets Endless Summer at Irvine Spectrum Center

    To ease the pain of going back to school, Irvine Spectrum Center is hosting its Endless Summer Festival, showcasing fall fashion trends from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

    YouTube vloggers Maddi Bragg and Suede Brooks are scheduled to present style closets filled with back-to-school looks during...

  • 'About Face' a disparate collection, with each work enhanced by those around it
    'About Face' a disparate collection, with each work enhanced by those around it

    Some of the best group exhibitions don’t make sense — at least the kind of sense that can be encapsulated in a snappy title. That’s the case with “About Face,” a deeply satisfying show at Kayne Griffin Corcoran.

    Organized by guest curators Kristina Kite and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, the six-artist...

  • The boomerang generation meets 'Risky Business' in Rogue Machine's 'Luka's Room'
    The boomerang generation meets 'Risky Business' in Rogue Machine's 'Luka's Room'

    The last thing you’d expect to improve a broke 19-year-old boy’s sex life would be having to move back into his grandma’s house — which is precisely the comic incongruity that drives “Luka’s Room” at Theatre/Theater.

    While Rob Mersola’s new coming-of-age narrative sports some cleverly constructed...

  • Transgender activists in L.A. protest fatal stabbing of Fresno victim

    Dozens of activists in Los Angeles held a protest rally Friday evening in response to a fatal stabbing in Fresno of a victim they described as a transgender woman.Fresno police are investigating the fatal stabbing of K.C. Haggard, 66, but said they had no proof so far that the slaying was a hate...

  • Datebook: Hallucinogenic border imagery and a festival of performance art
    Datebook: Hallucinogenic border imagery and a festival of performance art

    Wild lenticulars reconfigure the border. A master of painting takes on digital photography. And an artist creates compelling scenes out of anonymous male figures. Plus, a performance festival and the recently uncovered works of an outsider artist. Here’s what we have in the Datebook:

    Einar and...

  • L.A.'s run of black artist shows is promising, but where are the women? Steven Nelson wants to know
    L.A.'s run of black artist shows is promising, but where are the women? Steven Nelson wants to know

    The year has seen a number of solo exhibitions by African American artists at major museums in Los Angeles. Charles Gaines had a show of his grid pieces at the Hammer Museum in February. This was followed, in March, by a pair of intriguing installations at two different locations of the Museum...

  • Man shot by LAPD during Mid-Wilshire altercation dies
    Man shot by LAPD during Mid-Wilshire altercation dies

    A man shot during an altercation with Los Angeles police officers in the Mid-Wilshire area on Thursday has died, the L.A. County coroner's office said.

    The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at about 5:50 p.m. Thursday, according to coroner's...

  • 'Rain Room' installation simulating downpour coming to LACMA
    'Rain Room' installation simulating downpour coming to LACMA

    Rain is finally coming to Los Angeles -- unfortunately, not the kind of showers that would reverse the area's historic drought. "Rain Room," an elaborate art installation that allows visitors to walk through a simulated downpour, is arriving at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in November.

    ...

  • Shopping for vintage, modern and more at new Martin & Brockett
    Shopping for vintage, modern and more at new Martin & Brockett

    Some interior designers have ambitions to scale up their retail presence. Jason Martin has been there, done that. Following extensive experience that's run the gamut of showroom sizes and settings, he's landed in a place that suits him just right.

    In April, Martin opened Martin & Brockett, a comfortable...

  • How to look at Michael Heizer's giant rock at LACMA: the inside view
    How to look at Michael Heizer's giant rock at LACMA: the inside view

    When Michael Heizer's 340-ton boulder was planted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art after a triumphal 11-day, 105-mile journey, it was greeted with curiosity and ebullience on the day of its public opening, June 24, 2012. But in some corners, there was a tinge of disappointment.

    Surrounded...

  • 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:

    ...

  • Datebook: Pictures of animals, layered abstraction, saving L.A.'s past
    Datebook: Pictures of animals, layered abstraction, saving L.A.'s past

    A show that mines the archives for odd bits of museum history and another that unearths early photographs of animals. Plus: abstract painting, images of windshields and a talk about how L.A. does — and doesn’t — preserve its history. Here’s what we’ve got in this week’s Datebook:

    “Various Small...

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