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Food marketplaces are having a moment on a national -- and international -- scale. Just look to what's been happening over the last couple of years at Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. But marketplaces don’t need to be new or “revitalized” with artfully branded tenants to be worthy...

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  • Pigs ears and vampiros: Jonathan Gold finds 7 good tacos with a surprise inside

    Pigs ears and vampiros: Jonathan Gold finds 7 good tacos with a surprise inside

    Can’t you just cruise down to the corner of Venice and La Brea, order a couple of tacos al pastor from the Leo’s truck, and be happy as a well-stuffed clam? (I’ll have mine con piña, por favor.) After a week in the godless confines of New York or Boston, aren’t the chicken tacos at King Taco good...

  • 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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  • Recent police shootings add significance to L.A. King day celebration

    Recent police shootings add significance to L.A. King day celebration

    Tens of thousands of people lined up along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South Los Angeles on Monday for the 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade, celebrating the life of the legendary civil rights leader while dancing to the beat of marching bands and protesting recent deadly confrontations across...

  • Datebook: Brazil artist books, underground photos & Guerrilla Girls

    Datebook: Brazil artist books, underground photos & Guerrilla Girls

    Photographic surveys of underground communities, a Brazilian artist’s books and films, a fictional perfume campaign and an array of naughty erotic drawings. Plus: maps made of wax, art in a pit and a performance by artist-activists the Guerrilla Girls. It’s all going down all around SoCal: “Brian...

  • Man shot, wounded while driving in South Los Angeles

    Man shot, wounded while driving in South Los Angeles

    A 32-year-old man was shot and wounded Monday afternoon while driving in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The man was hit by gunfire just after 2 p.m. at the intersection of Hooper Avenue and Adams Boulevard, said Lt. Ellis Imaizumi, a watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department's...

  • L.A. officials offer ways of getting rid of Christmas trees

    L.A. officials offer ways of getting rid of Christmas trees

    Los Angeles residents looking to discard their Christmas trees will have several options for making sure they are collected by city sanitation crews, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday. Angelenos who have city trash pickup may cut up the trees and put the assorted parts into the green bin. City crews...

  • Cooler weather may boost crowds at South L.A.'s first CicLAvia

    Cooler weather may boost crowds at South L.A.'s first CicLAvia

    The cooler weather predicted for Sunday may encourage more bicyclists, walkers and skateboarders to participate in CicLAvia compared with the brutally hot day in October when the car-free rolling street party was last held, organizers say. “It is supposed to be 25 degrees cooler than in October,...

  • Consultant's report details problems with LAUSD student record system

    Consultant's report details problems with LAUSD student record system

    The rollout of a new student records system for Los Angeles schools was problematic at just about every level, according to a consultant's report released Thursday. The report is the first independent examination of L.A. Unified's computer data program, called My Integrated Student Information...

  • Proposed fixes for Jefferson High include more classes, longer days
    Proposed fixes for Jefferson High include more classes, longer days

    Students at Jefferson High are likely to have expanded course offerings and longer school days to address massive scheduling problems that resulted in lost instruction time this fall, officials have confirmed.

    A judge this week ordered state officials to help the Los Angeles Unified School District...

  • Datebook: Photographic collages, haircuts by psychics, zine of zines
    Datebook: Photographic collages, haircuts by psychics, zine of zines

    Minimalist dance by an important New York choreographer, the wry collages of late L.A. artist Robert Heinecken, the work of a Japanese American Abstract Expressionist Matsumi Kanemitsu, as well as dance, performance and zines. Here’s what’s happening in L.A. and beyond this coming weekend:

    Robert...

  • Datebook: Painting, performance and film as art season gets into gear
    Datebook: Painting, performance and film as art season gets into gear

    With openings in just about every corner of the city, the art industry is going bananas this week as the fall season gets underway. This means social practice in Santa Monica, video about film failures in Westwood, textiles in Mid-City and Chicano art in East L.A. There’s also assemblage, abstraction,...

  • Rudolph Schindler-designed Bethlehem Baptist Church regains splendor
    Rudolph Schindler-designed Bethlehem Baptist Church regains splendor

    When the Rev. Melvin Ashley Jr. saw the for sale/lease sign on the side of the dilapidated Bethlehem Baptist Church a year ago, he found the answer to his prayers. At the time, he was searching for a venue where he could house his congregation, Faith-Build International, and extend its social work...

  • South L.A. high school students stage sit-in to protest mismanagement
    South L.A. high school students stage sit-in to protest mismanagement

    Hundreds of students walked out of class at Jefferson High School on Monday morning, holding a sit-in to protest a host of issues at the South Los Angeles campus -- among them a scheduling snafu that has extended into the third week of school.

    Students gathered in the quad after first period, sitting...

  • One man shot to death, another wounded on South L.A. street

    A gunman opened fire Saturday evening on two men riding motorized bicycles on a South Los Angeles street, killing one and wounding the other, police said.

    The assailant, armed with what appeared to be a revolver, approached the men in the 5400 block of South Central Avenue and began shooting for...

  • The Mistake Room brings global view to gritty downtown L.A. art scene
    The Mistake Room brings global view to gritty downtown L.A. art scene

    Construction workers hammer away in a warehouse near the southern edge of downtown Los Angeles. A buzz saw hits fever pitch, screeching in the background; the air is thick with dust.

    Art entrepreneur and curator Cesar Garcia, who is turning this former garment factory into a nonprofit exhibition...

  • Good Samaritan chases suspected drunk driver near USC, is then stabbed
    Good Samaritan chases suspected drunk driver near USC, is then stabbed

    A good Samaritan was stabbed in the hand after chasing down a suspected drunk driver who had plowed into parked cars near the USC campus overnight Sunday, police said.

    The stabbing occurred near East 35th Street and Hooper Avenue after the driver stopped their car, said Los Angeles police Sgt....

  • Pigs ears and vampiros: Jonathan Gold finds 7 good tacos with a surprise inside
    Pigs ears and vampiros: Jonathan Gold finds 7 good tacos with a surprise inside

    Can’t you just cruise down to the corner of Venice and La Brea, order a couple of tacos al pastor from the Leo’s truck, and be happy as a well-stuffed clam? (I’ll have mine con piña, por favor.) After a week in the godless confines of New York or Boston, aren’t the chicken tacos at King Taco good...

  • Art review: 'Oscar Murillo: Distribution Center' at the Mistake Room
    Art review: 'Oscar Murillo: Distribution Center' at the Mistake Room

    A half-century ago, Andy Warhol named his studio the Factory so that people would stop thinking of contemporary art as an esoteric enterprise pursued by lone nuts in lonely garrets, and start thinking of it as an intrinsic part of everyday life — no more mysterious, nor difficult to enjoy, than...

  • Freight train fatally strikes 'pedestrian trespasser' in South L.A.

    A Union Pacific freight train struck and killed someone Friday afternoon near the intersection of East 48th Place and Long Beach Avenue, parallel to the Metro Blue Line tracks in South Los Angeles.

    Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said the person was “a pedestrian trespasser” who was sitting...

  • Beverly Hills Tennis Club adopts a hard-up South L.A. squad
    Beverly Hills Tennis Club adopts a hard-up South L.A. squad

    South L.A.'s Jefferson High tennis teams had almost no gear – until an invitation to lunch at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club.

  • Pedestrian struck and killed by Blue Line train in South L.A.
    Pedestrian struck and killed by Blue Line train in South L.A.

    A man was struck and killed Friday evening by a Metro Blue Line train in South L.A., disrupting service during rush hour and causing delays.

    The incident took place about 6:20 p.m. at the Vernon Avenue station, according to Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales.

    The pedestrian, in his 30s or 40s, stepped...

  • Relatives of 49th Street Massacre victims relieved as trials end
    Relatives of 49th Street Massacre victims relieved as trials end

    Relatives of victims killed in the 49th Street Massacre said they were relieved they no longer have to go to court following this week's sentencing of a gang member convicted of carrying out the shooting.

    Charles Ray Smith, 44, was sentenced to death Friday for the murder of four people, including...

  • Gang member sentenced to death for 49th Street Massacre called 'evil'
    Gang member sentenced to death for 49th Street Massacre called 'evil'

    Calling him a "ruthless killer who had no qualms about killing children," a Los Angeles County judge sentenced a gang member to death Friday for the murder of four people, including a 10-year-old boy fatally shot in one of the city's most notorious acts of gang violence.

    Superior Court Judge Stephen...

  • Verdict reached in 49th Street Massacre death penalty trial
    Verdict reached in 49th Street Massacre death penalty trial

    Jurors have reached a verdict on whether a gang member convicted of killing four people -- including a 10-year-old boy -- should be executed or serve the rest of his life in prison, authorities said.

    The verdict is expected to be read in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom later today, officials with...

  • Gang member who killed four deserves to die, prosecutor argues
    Gang member who killed four deserves to die, prosecutor argues

    A gang member convicted of fatally shooting four people -- including a 10-year-old boy riding a bicycle outside his home -- deserves to die for his crimes, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday.

    Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy Ashvanian said Charles Ray Smith was responsible for two separate deadly shootings...

  • Victims' relatives tearfully testify about effects of 'massacre'
    Victims' relatives tearfully testify about effects of 'massacre'

    Maria Rodriguez wept in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

    Nearly seven years after her boyfriend was gunned down by two men carrying AK-47s, Rodriguez tearfully recounted Thursday how she later broke the news to their young daughter that her father would not be coming home.

    "I just told her, 'One...

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