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Home of the Day: Provincial inspiration in scenic Topanga

Built by a master stonemason, this Provence-inspired Topanga estate sits on 3.5 acres and features hand-crafted stone pathways and walls. Painted blue shutters and doors and vine-covered facade lend to the charming compound's curb appeal. An art studio, horse stalls, lemon trees and a solar-heated...

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  • Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover

    Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover

    If you're tracking chefs, here's what several Los Angeles toques are up to and/or which restaurants they've moved on to. In addition, several L.A. chefs will be appearing in a new Bravo reality series. And a few restaurants have recently closed, or are in the midst of a transformation....  Four...

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

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  • Ellen Geer leads a crackling 'August: Osage County' at Theatricum Botanicum
    Ellen Geer leads a crackling 'August: Osage County' at Theatricum Botanicum

    “A normal person is just someone you don’t know well enough,” playwright Tracy Letts once said.

    On the flip side, Letts’ 2008 Pulitzer Prize- and multiple Tony Award-winning “August: Osage County” holds up a mirror in which his abnormal characters—for all their comical exaggeration—are people we...

  • 'As You Like It' in blue and gray
    'As You Like It' in blue and gray

    Consider this a well-deserved Like for “As You Like It” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. As part of the company’s Americana-themed summer repertory season, the production resets Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy in the post-Civil War Deep South, an overlay that shrewdly amplifies the...

  • Risky tactics in standoff with elderly woman paid off, officials say
    Risky tactics in standoff with elderly woman paid off, officials say

    The 74-year-old woman was frail and had trouble walking.But whatever had seized control of her mind gave her the strength to hold off a SWAT team, even after she was hit by tear gas and rubber bullets.The woman, holed up under a mobile home in Woodland Hills with a six-shot revolver, had fired...

  • Standoff with armed elderly woman in Woodland Hills enters 14th hour
    Standoff with armed elderly woman in Woodland Hills enters 14th hour

    A standoff between sheriff's deputies and an armed elderly woman in Woodland Hills entered its 14th hour Thursday night as crisis negotiators tried to coax her into surrendering.

    "All efforts to this point have been unsuccessful and the woman remains barricaded at this time," according to a statement...

  • Home of the Week | Topanga Canyon
    Topanga ranch house with a modern twist

    This modern interpretation of a ranch house has dwelling spaces above the garage as well as the storage and utility rooms. Three cantilevered wings — designed for living, eating and sleeping — take in views of the mountains and nearby parkland.

    Location: 2695 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga 90290

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  • Home of the Day: Go off the grid at this Topanga modern
    Home of the Day: Go off the grid at this Topanga modern

    A wood-plank pathway leads up to this modern residence in Topanga equipped for off-the-grid living, using solar power, private well water and a water filtration system. Sited on a promontory of nearly six acres, double-height formal areas with telescoping walls of glass center on sweeping canyon...

  • Home of the Day: Go off the grid at this Topanga modern
    Home of the Day: Go off the grid at this Topanga modern

    The modern-style home combines luxury appointments with an off-the-grid infrastructure.

  • Al Martinez dies at 85; Times columnist chronicled Southern California life
    Al Martinez dies at 85; Times columnist chronicled Southern California life

    "It's the people I've written about who march through my memory like an army of shadows," Al Martinez wrote in 2009 in his final column for the Los Angeles Times. "They all mattered to me, the clowns and the victims, those who gave and those who took...."

    Over three decades, Martinez chronicled...

  • Tia Carrere bids adieu to mountaintop home in Topanga
    Tia Carrere bids adieu to mountaintop home in Topanga

    Actress-singer Tia Carrere has sold her home in Topanga for $2.52 million, $75,000 shy of her asking price.

    The residence, built in 2008 and since updated, occupies a three-acre hilltop with a gated play yard, expansive patios, a north-south tennis court and a saltwater lap pool. Hiking trails...

  • Tia Carrere bids adieu to mountaintop home in Topanga
    Tia Carrere bids adieu to mountaintop home in Topanga

    The mountaintop retreat features a gated play area, a north-south tennis court and a lap pool on three acres in Topanga.

  • Motorcycle deputy in crash on Topanga; morning traffic snarled
    Motorcycle deputy in crash on Topanga; morning traffic snarled

    A main traffic artery to Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu was closed for the bulk of Wednesday morning’s commute after a traffic accident involving a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy on a motorcycle.

    The crash occurred about 5:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, sheriff’s officials...

  • Tia Carrere giving up her mountain retreat in Topanga
    Tia Carrere giving up her mountain retreat in Topanga

    Actress-singer Tia Carrere has put her home in Topanga up for sale at $2.595 million.  

    The mountaintop retreat, built in 1980 and since renovated, features modern interiors, an open floor plan and high ceilings. There’s an office, a media room, a gym and dual master suites for a total of four...

  • Chaya anniversary dinner, Mastro's Malibu brunch, Faith & Flower prix fixe lunch
    Chaya anniversary dinner, Mastro's Malibu brunch, Faith & Flower prix fixe lunch

    Chaya downtown is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a special $55 menu for two throughout the month of October. The three-course menu includes three courses to be shared, including Miyazaki Wagyu beef carpaccio, sake-steamed branzino and pumpkin tiramisu. Additional offers include a $5...

  • An inventive, lively 'Equivocation' at Theatricum Botanicum
    An inventive, lively 'Equivocation' at Theatricum Botanicum

    It may sit uneasily with our notion of Shakespeare to imagine him tackling the hot-button issues of his era like a Jacobean David Mamet. 

    But Bill Cain’s “Equivocation” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum takes a scholarly theory -- that “Macbeth” is a coded chronicle of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605...

  • 'Much Ado About Nothing' | Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
    'Much Ado About Nothing' | Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum

    "Much Ado About Nothing" at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. The production runs through Sept. 28. For more information: www.theatricum.com/plays.htm.

  • Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover
    Chef tracking: 'Top Chef Duels,' new chefs at Firefly and Culina, Black Hogg makeover

    If you're tracking chefs, here's what several Los Angeles toques are up to and/or which restaurants they've moved on to. In addition, several L.A. chefs will be appearing in a new Bravo reality series. And a few restaurants have recently closed, or are in the midst of a transformation.... 

    Four...

  • 'Much Ado About Nothing' at the Theatricum Botanicum is crowd-pleaser
    'Much Ado About Nothing' at the Theatricum Botanicum is crowd-pleaser

    An evening under the stars at the Theatricum Botanicum rarely disappoints. No exception to that general rule, “Much Ado About Nothing,” playing in repertory in the theater’s sylvan Topanga setting, is light of heart and deft of foot.

    Although they occasionally overdo the slapstick, co-directors...

  • 'All's Well That Ends Well' has pleasant outing at Theatricum Botanicum
    'All's Well That Ends Well' has pleasant outing at Theatricum Botanicum

    Whatever the course, the end is the renown in “All’s Well That Ends Well” in Topanga Canyon. Although it has some stylistic quirks and still-refining aspects, this affable, accessible revival of the Bard’s rambling comic study of class distinctions, romantic ambition and hard-earned wisdom is a...

  • 'Lear' at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
    'Lear' at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum

    Equality between the sexes isn’t the same thing as equivalency, and the gender-scrambled “Lear” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum faces more than just grammatical challenges transposing its source into an aging Queen's foolish attempt to offload royal responsibilities onto disloyal sons.

    Given...

  • Strong winds expected in Southern California starting Sunday evening
    Strong winds expected in Southern California starting Sunday evening

    Forecasters are warning of gusty winds across parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties starting Sunday night, urging drivers to be careful of sudden crosswinds.

    The Santa Ana winds are expected to last through midday Monday, with the strongest winds buffeting people in the mountains, especially...

  • Probe into former Napster exec killed by sheriff's car nears end
    Probe into former Napster exec killed by sheriff's car nears end

    Los Angeles County prosecutors will soon probably consider whether to file charges against a sheriff’s deputy who fatally hit a former Napster executive bicycling on Mullholland Highway, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

    It’s been more than a month since Milton Everett Olin Jr., a former executive...

  • Probe into former Napster exec fatally hit by sheriff's car continues
    Probe into former Napster exec fatally hit by sheriff's car continues

    It’s been more than a month since Milton Everett Olin Jr., a former executive of the file-sharing website Napster Inc., was struck and killed by a sheriff’s patrol car as he was riding his bicycle in Calabasas.

    L.A. County Sheriff's Department traffic detectives said they have not completed their...

  • Pacific Coast Highway closed south of Malibu after accident
    Pacific Coast Highway closed south of Malibu after accident

    The California Highway Patrol is telling morning commuters to avoid Pacific Coast Highway near Topanga Wednesday morning after a woman was critically injured in an accident.

    All eastbound and westbound traffic near Coastline Drive was expected to be closed until about 7 a.m., CHP officials said,...

  • Review: 'Tone Clusters' a darkly prescient work by Joyce Carol Oates
    Review: 'Tone Clusters' a darkly prescient work by Joyce Carol Oates

     

    We all have a yearning for a coherent narrative in life, maintains Joyce Carol Oates, but that illusory comfort is off the table in her one-act play, “Tone Clusters,” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.

    For anyone familiar with Oates’ fiction, it will come as no surprise that the piece is dark,...

  • 5,000 pounds of marijuana seized from Topanga State Park pot farm
    5,000 pounds of marijuana seized from Topanga State Park pot farm

    Authorities are searching for suspects following the seizure of almost 5,000 pounds of marijuana from a pot farm inside Topanga State Park.

    California State Park rangers discovered the marijuana plants while on patrol, and a team of officers removed the mature plants during a raid on Friday, a...

  • Actor David Spade sells oceanfront house in Malibu
    Actor David Spade sells oceanfront house in Malibu

    The buyers are Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos and his wife, Nicole Avant, according to public records. The sales price is not disclosed.

  • 'Dexter' composer Daniel Licht buys house in Topanga
    'Dexter' composer Daniel Licht buys house in Topanga

    This house has a story line and a cast of musicians. Roll the cameras.

    Guitarist Daniel Licht, composer for the series “Dexter,” has purchased a home in Topanga for $2.09 million.

    Built in 1968, the 4,682-square-foot Spanish-style home was in escrow for sale to influential guitarist Jimi Hendrix...

  • Theater review: Life imitates art in charming 'Royal Family' revival
    Theater review: Life imitates art in charming 'Royal Family' revival

    Anyone familiar with Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum -- the scenic Topanga Canyon outdoor theater operated by the late actor’s family -- will immediately appreciate the slyly apropos casting for its charming revival of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s “The Royal Family.”

    Though this 1927 satirical...

  • It's rattlesnake season: Elderly man bitten, taken to hospital
    It's rattlesnake season: Elderly man bitten, taken to hospital

    An 84-year-old man was airlifted from a beach near Pacific Palisades so he could receive treatment for a rattlesnake bite Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

    The number of Los Angeles-area snakebites usually rises during the early summer months, when more people are spending time in yards or...

  • Fire, propane explosion bring hazmat team to Topanga Canyon home

    Los Angeles County firefighters and a hazardous material team responded to a house fire in Topanga Canyon where a 1,000-gallon propane tank exploded, fire officials said Saturday.

    The fire at the one-story residence in the 20020 block of Sischo Drive was first reported about 10:40 pm Friday, said...

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