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  • Mariachi Plaza development plan worries L.A. musicians

    Mariachi Plaza development plan worries L.A. musicians

    The mariachis of Los Angeles have flocked to their plaza for nearly 80 years — to sing, to hustle for work, to pass the time. In the last decade, they've seen the Boyle Heights square transformed: Their favorite doughnut shop went away, and a Metro Gold Line station was built, along with a sleek...

  • Want a real reason to shop on Black Friday? Rare beer

    Want a real reason to shop on Black Friday? Rare beer

    For just the second year, Los Angeles is one of the few markets that will see official distribution of the rare Bourbon County beers from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery. The barrel-aged brews are some of the most sought-after and well-regarded brews in the craft world and, after launch events on...

  • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta. A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

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  • Lead jackets, copper snakeskins: The sculptural inventions of Elaine Cameron-Weir

    Lead jackets, copper snakeskins: The sculptural inventions of Elaine Cameron-Weir

    The ouroboros, an ancient symbol composed of a snake or dragon eating its own tail, is central to 11 recent sculptures by New York-based Canadian artist Elaine Cameron-Weir in her solo debut at Venus Over Los Angeles. Sculptural snakeskins, 14 feet long and made from beautifully enameled copper...

  • The runner's view of Los Angeles: Its landscape, its people, and the BBQ at mile 10

    The runner's view of Los Angeles: Its landscape, its people, and the BBQ at mile 10

    It all began with a run to the porno burrito. It was early in January and our training regimen for the upcoming Hollywood Half Marathon required a weekly run of at least six miles. But it was dinner time, so rather than run circles around a park, we ran through East Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights...

  • 180 bodies are stacked up in L.A. County morgue, coroner says

    180 bodies are stacked up in L.A. County morgue, coroner says

    After Herneisha Thomas’ 35-year-old brother was shot to death off West Vernon Avenue last June, her grief was compounded by delays. Thomas said she had to wait weeks before the Los Angeles County coroner’s office released the body of Deontra LaJohn Gant. Meanwhile, she said, her family was in limbo...

  • Investigation underway into massive commercial fire in Boyle Heights

    Investigation underway into massive commercial fire in Boyle Heights

    Nearly 200 Los Angeles firefighters battled a massive blaze Thursday night in Boyle Heights that collapsed a building roof and wall, officials said. The fire was reported in a one-story commercial building about 7:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of South Soto Street, said Erik Scott, a spokesman for...

  • Keith Sonnier's neon drawings open portals to another place

    Keith Sonnier's neon drawings open portals to another place

    Keith Sonnier calls his new wall drawings in neon, wire and electrical transformers “portals,” and their design motifs and titles do refer to forms from ancient Roman and medieval architecture, often ecclesiastical. Elegant and deceptively simple, they display a masterful hand. Humor is part of...

  • Woman stabbed in Boyle Heights; police searching for her son

    Woman stabbed in Boyle Heights; police searching for her son

    Police were searching for a young man Monday morning, in connection with the stabbing of his mother in Boyle Heights.  See more of our top stories on Facebook >> Officers received a radio call at 12:10 a.m. and found a woman with stab wounds at her home in the 3700 block of Lee Street. The woman...

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