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  • 10 new and notable restaurants in Santa Monica

    10 new and notable restaurants in Santa Monica

    If you're attempting to keep up with the restaurant scene in L.A., lately you may have found yourself eating a lot of dinners west of the 405 Freeway. That's because more and more of the ciy's restaurants are opening in Santa Monica, where the board shorts are plentiful and so is the avocado toast....

  • Lobster rolls and 'HoJo-style' clams at Catch & Release

    Lobster rolls and 'HoJo-style' clams at Catch & Release

    The life of a certain kind of restaurant, one is given to understand, can be nasty, brutish and short. A bakery-cafe concept, reborn as an Asian fusion restaurant, may already be out of business in its new incarnation as a Mexican-leaning nose-to-tail beer garden. Your great-aunt's favorite pasta...

  • Late-night dining survival guide: 11 places to eat after last call

    Late-night dining survival guide: 11 places to eat after last call

    Eating after you've had a drink or two is one the finer pleasures in life. That is, after all, why before-dinner cocktails were invented and why so many restaurants direct you to the bar before you're seated. And while a five-course dinner is perfectly lovely after an aperitif, let us also consider...

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  • Venture capitalists increase scrutiny on start-up deals amid stock market anxiety
    Venture capitalists increase scrutiny on start-up deals amid stock market anxiety

    On the fundraising trail this month, entrepreneur Jason Fritton is getting an unusual question from venture capitalists: How soon can you produce profits?

    Making money quickly was rarely a demand during a near-record influx of start-up capital, with investment into U.S. start-ups rising to almost...

  • A minimalist marvel in Venice
    A minimalist marvel in Venice

    This two-story contemporary with a minimalist design stands out from the crowd in Venice with block-pattern façade, walls of glass and a floating steel-and-walnut staircase. A steel bridge extends off the main house, crossing over an inner courtyard to a secondary master suite/guesthouse. A rooftop...

  • Getty purchases Gentileschi's radiant 'Danaë,' now owns 2 of 3 paintings in a set
    Getty purchases Gentileschi's radiant 'Danaë,' now owns 2 of 3 paintings in a set

    Two down, one to go.

    That's a bit of wishful thinking, but the J. Paul Getty Museum's acquisition Thursday of Orazio Gentileschi's magnificent Baroque masterpiece "Danaë" excites the imagination.

    The painting is the first in a set of three commissioned from the Rome-based, Pisa-born artist in 1621...

  • Datebook: A new disco dance, one-minute sculptures, and vintage photos of women
    Datebook: A new disco dance, one-minute sculptures, and vintage photos of women

    Disco dancing by a “queer-love power-trio.” Sculptures you make with stuffed animals and plinths. And erotically-charged images by a mysterious California photographer. Plus: a vehicle with no purpose, sculptures of trees and two L.A. painters face off. Here are eight shows to see this week:

    Meg...

  • Getty acquires Baroque masterpiece by Orazio Gentileschi
    Getty acquires Baroque masterpiece by Orazio Gentileschi

    On Tuesday, Sotheby’s auction house feted the J. Paul Getty Museum at a private dinner at its New York showroom, with European Renaissance, Baroque and Old Master paintings from its next sale as an elegant backdrop.

    At Thursday’s sale, the Getty returned the gesture -- in a manner of speaking --...

  • VA proposes hundreds of housing units plus services for homeless vets at West L.A. campus
    VA proposes hundreds of housing units plus services for homeless vets at West L.A. campus

    Federal officials released a blueprint Thursday for transforming the long-neglected West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus into a residential community with hundreds of housing units for homeless veterans, offering some potential relief as Los Angeles struggles to deal with an increase in homelessness...

  • Hot Property | $100-million spec house
    Hot Property | $100-million spec house

    The $100-million spec house in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills will have a two-lane bowling alley, a 20-seat theater and a nightclub with a DJ booth.

  • Beverly Hills spec house with a nightclub to list for $100 million
    Beverly Hills spec house with a nightclub to list for $100 million

    You can buy your way into this private club, but it will cost a pretty penny.

    In the Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills, a not-yet-built home with a bowling alley and a nightclub is being introduced to market at $100 million.

    Set on an acre on “Billionaires Row,” a cul-de-sac where neighboring...

  • Blizzard's Heroes of the Dorm collegiate video game tournament returns with more ESPN2 coverage
    Blizzard's Heroes of the Dorm collegiate video game tournament returns with more ESPN2 coverage

    ESPN2 plans to broadcast the final stages of a collegiate video game tournament for the second straight year, a symbolic endorsement of increasing interest in e-sports events.

    The announcement came Thursday from Irvine-based video game developer Blizzard Entertainment, whose five-on-five online...

  • This Culver City pizza joint has a halal gyro pizza sandwich and saffron ice cream
    This Culver City pizza joint has a halal gyro pizza sandwich and saffron ice cream

    Those keeping up with the dining trends in Los Angeles no longer blink when they see ingredients such as labneh or za'atar on a restaurant menu that doesn't happen to be Middle Eastern. The thick yogurt cheese might as well be the new ranch dressing, and the thyme-heavy spice mixture, the new salt...

  • Woman found dead on Beverly Hills sidewalk may have died of natural causes
    Woman found dead on Beverly Hills sidewalk may have died of natural causes

    The woman found dead on the sidewalk near the offices of a prominent luxury real estate firm in Beverly Hills was homeless and may have died of natural causes, authorities said.

    The woman's name has not been released because her family has not been notified of her death, according to the Los Angeles...

  • Charlton Heston's longtime home in Beverly Hills sells for $12.2 million
    Charlton Heston's longtime home in Beverly Hills sells for $12.2 million

    The Beverly Hills estate where Oscar-winning actor Charlton Heston made his home for nearly half a century has sold for $12,212,000.

    Set behind gates on a knoll above Coldwater Canyon, the three-acre property centers on a Midcentury Modern-style house designed by renowned architect William S. Beckett...

  • E-sports matchmaker FaceIt raises $15 million and opens a Santa Monica office
    E-sports matchmaker FaceIt raises $15 million and opens a Santa Monica office

    Want to become a professional video game player? For many, the journey starts at FaceIt.

    About 3.5 million people have turned to FaceIt’s website to find teammates and opponents in computer games such as “Counter-Strike” and “Dota 2.” FaceIt guides virtual matchmaking, steers people to appropriate...

  • Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury must pay $900,000 to former employee, jury decides
    Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury must pay $900,000 to former employee, jury decides

    A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, to pay about $924,500 to a lawyer who alleged that he sexually harassed her while she worked for him and that she was fired after she began investigating claims that he raped a yoga student.Attorney Minakshi Jafa-Bodden...

  • Why Snapchat and WhatsApp are bringing new features to messaging
    Why Snapchat and WhatsApp are bringing new features to messaging

    One app to rule them all might be the future on smartphones, and if so, Snapchat knows it needs to bolster the features in its chat function.The Venice start-up appears to be doing just that, with software experts revealing big potential changes to Snapchat's chat screen.If the details prove correct,...

  • Woman, possibly homeless, found dead on Beverly Hills sidewalk
    Woman, possibly homeless, found dead on Beverly Hills sidewalk

    A woman who may have been homeless was found dead Monday morning on the sidewalk near the offices of a prominent luxury real estate firm in Beverly Hills, authorities said.

    Beverly Hills police were called to the 200 block of North Canon Drive about 8:25 a.m., said Lt. Mike Hill.

    The woman was...

  • LA 2024 officials propose housing Olympic athletes on UCLA campus
    LA 2024 officials propose housing Olympic athletes on UCLA campus

    In a move that could save a billion dollars or more in construction costs, LA 2024 officials have modified their bid for the Summer Olympics by proposing to house athletes on the UCLA campus.

    The private bid committee had previously considered partnering with a developer to build an Olympic village...

  • Valentine's Day restaurant specials
    Valentine's Day restaurant specials

    Depending on who you're married to or dating, Valentine's Day can either be the biggest deal ever, or just another day of the year. Either way, the two of you have to eat something. If you're looking to go out on one of the busiest restaurant evenings of the year, Godspeed. Here are some restaurants...

  • Apps lead new wave in advertising
    Apps lead new wave in advertising

    In the fast-changing world of mobile advertising, staples like banner ads, pop-ups and ads disguised as news stories aren't cutting it anymore.

    The latest crop of ads reads like novels, mimics the levels of a video game and lets Snoopy hitch a ride on selfies.

    Advertisers hope those flashier formats...

  • John Legend and Chrissy Teigen make splashy purchase in Beverly Hills area
    John Legend and Chrissy Teigen make splashy purchase in Beverly Hills area

    Singer-songwriter John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, have bought a familiar home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $14.1 million.

    The remodeled contemporary-style house on close to an acre was formerly owned by pop star Rihanna, who sold the property four years ago for $5.03...

  • Owner of motel allegedly used for drug deals should be forced to live there, suit says
    Owner of motel allegedly used for drug deals should be forced to live there, suit says

    The owner of a Los Angeles motel allegedly used for drug dealing and prostitution should be forced to live there until the illegal activity stops, according to a lawsuit filed by the city attorney's office.

    The narcotics abatement action targets the Grand Motel in the Pico/Robertson neighborhood.

    ...

  • Snapchat may be adding audio messages and video calling, experts say
    Snapchat may be adding audio messages and video calling, experts say

    Snapchat may be preparing to launch new audio messaging and Skype-like features, according to a pair of software developers who regularly examine the popular app’s programming code.

    The developers, who produce software to add additional features to Snapchat on specially unlocked smartphones, recently...

  • California Supreme Court to review opinion in UCLA stabbing case
    California Supreme Court to review opinion in UCLA stabbing case

    The California Supreme Court agreed Thursday to review an appellate court decision that public colleges and universities have no responsibility to protect students from violence committed by other students on campus.

    In a unanimous decision, the court granted a petition to review a 2-1 ruling by...

  • Charlie Sheen continues real estate shake-up, lists Sherman Oaks estate
    Charlie Sheen continues real estate shake-up, lists Sherman Oaks estate

    Charlie Sheen has put a home in Sherman Oaks’ Mulholland Estates community on the market for $6.099 million.

    The listing comes roughly one month after the actor sold another home in the same guard-gated enclave for $6.6 million in an off-market transaction.

    Backing a hillside on close to an acre,...

  • Hospitals failed to report outbreaks linked to tainted scopes, Senate report says
    Hospitals failed to report outbreaks linked to tainted scopes, Senate report says

    The superbug that raged through Bill Warner's body after a routine medical scope procedure in early 2013 was so dangerous that his family was warned about entering his room at a time when he needed them most.

    For more than eight months after the procedure at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte,...

  • Bear Redell is UCLA's walk-on singing linebacker
    Bear Redell is UCLA's walk-on singing linebacker

    On the stage at the Canyon Club in Agoura on Thursday night was Bear Redell, a walk-on freshman linebacker for UCLA. Armed with his guitar and supported by a drummer, Redell performed for 30 minutes, singing a variety of songs from rock to country to rap.

    Let's just say if UCLA Coach Jim Mora needs...

  • Datebook: Capturing Elizabeth Taylor through her things, a show about an astronaut from the future
    Datebook: Capturing Elizabeth Taylor through her things, a show about an astronaut from the future

    Artful photographs of Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel-Air home. A fable about a female astronaut from the future. And a series of sound-inspired pieces in a Santa Monica garage. Plus: a pop-up show by a Chicago graphic design duo and the season opener at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center. Here are...

  • Philip Argent finds odd, dark beauty in the toxic decay
    Philip Argent finds odd, dark beauty in the toxic decay

    Philip Argent’s new paintings are everything — and nothing — like his old ones.

    In terms of palette, format and paint application, Argent’s 15 variously sized acrylics on canvas at Shoshana Wayne Gallery share much with the works in his last solo show in Los Angeles in 2009, as well as with just...

  • Restaurant news: Halal Guys in K-town, Paul Martin's in Pasadena, SOL Cocina in Playa Vista open
    Restaurant news: Halal Guys in K-town, Paul Martin's in Pasadena, SOL Cocina in Playa Vista open

    The restaurant scene in Los Angeles isn't slowing down, and that's a good thing. If you're trying to keep up, here's a roundup of some of the latest news.

    After opening a location in Costa Mesa and a second outlet in Long Beach, the Halal Guys, the popular New York City food cart, is opening its...

  • Glendale Community College men's basketball runs to another win

    Basketball: Two big runs in opening half are too much for Santa Monica to overcome, as Vaqueros notch 66-49 conference victory.

  • Glendale Community College women's basketball continues its struggles
    Glendale Community College women's basketball continues its struggles

    Basketball: Injury-riddled Vaqueros remain winless in conference with 80-58 loss to Santa Monica.

  • UC officials scramble to prep housing for biggest boost in California students in years
    UC officials scramble to prep housing for biggest boost in California students in years

    The University of California is scrambling to make room for the largest enrollment boost of California undergraduates in years — 6,500 more for the fall 2016 term, with the most selective campuses taking the most new students. UCLA, Berkeley, San Diego and Riverside will each accept 750 more students...

  • Hot Property | Yolanda Foster
    Hot Property | Yolanda Foster

    The 16th-floor condo unit at the Carlyle Residences in Westwood has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,950 square feet of space.

  • What is an L.A. artist? Hammer Museum answers with its 'Made in L.A.' biennial lineup
    What is an L.A. artist? Hammer Museum answers with its 'Made in L.A.' biennial lineup

    The Hammer Museum announced the lineup for its third "Made in L.A." biennial on Tuesday evening, and perhaps the most interesting through-line is the lack of any theme imposed by curators Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker.

    Instead, the shape of the exhibition opening in June will be formed largely...

  • The Butcher's Daughter vegetarian cafe opens today on Abbot Kinney
    The Butcher's Daughter vegetarian cafe opens today on Abbot Kinney

    The Butchers Daughter, the New York City vegetarian cafe and juice bar known for its avocado toast eggs Benedict, is now open on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. 

    Executive chef Jermaine Jonas, co-founder of Juice NV in Las Vegas and the man behind multiple Juice Press locations in New York, will...

  • Home of the Day: Tudor style on the Westside
    Home of the Day: Tudor style on the Westside

    Set on close to half an acre in Brentwood, this Tudor-style house invites entertaining with a den with a wet bar, a wood-paneled library and formal living and dining rooms topped with box-beam ceilings. French doors open to reveal a wide terrace balcony overlooking a covered patio and a fenced...

  • Home of the Day: Tudor style on the Westside
    Home of the Day: Tudor style on the Westside

    The Tudor-style house sits on close to half an acre in Brentwood with outdoor entertaining spaces and a swimming pool.

  • Slowing investment, Unmute and Grindr's moves are among week's L.A. tech highlights
    Slowing investment, Unmute and Grindr's moves are among week's L.A. tech highlights

    More than 300 companies across Los Angeles and Orange counties received venture capital funding in 2015, totaling about $5 billion in investment in the biggest year for deal-making in the region and nationwide since 2000.

    Technology start-ups often rely on cash from venture capitalists for rapid...

  • Contra-Tiempo's 'Agua Furiosa' stirs up a maelstrom of issues
    Contra-Tiempo's 'Agua Furiosa' stirs up a maelstrom of issues

    Outside a modest midcity theater, the rainstorm is fierce. Angry sheets of water slam against the pavement, but inside, the storm is even more ferocious.

    "Aaayaah!" yells choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez, turning up the volume on a track of primal drumbeating and high-pitched screaming in a small...

  • Emily Blunt and John Krasinski continue real estate shake-up
    Emily Blunt and John Krasinski continue real estate shake-up

    Actors Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are on the move again.

    The couple — who have had their rural retreat in Ojai up for sale since November — have put their contemporary-style house in Hollywood Hills West on the market for $8 million.

    Set behind gates on more than a third of an acre, the renovated...

  • Rainn Wilson finds the laughs in loneliness in 'Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)'
    Rainn Wilson finds the laughs in loneliness in 'Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)'

    Do you like magic? It’s the first of many questions about which the eponymous narrator of “Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)” remains deeply ambivalent. Equivocation, for him, lies at the core of human experience, or perhaps not.

    No such ambiguity taints the magic of Rainn Wilson’s deft solo performance,...

  • Hot Property | Sturges House
    Hot Property | Sturges House

    The 1939 Sturges House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is considered the architect's only Usonian-style house in California.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House in Brentwood to be auctioned
    Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House in Brentwood to be auctioned

    One of L.A.’s unique homes, the landmark George D. Sturges House in Brentwood Heights, is going up for auction next month.

    Set up from the street on a sloping hillside, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence is part of the estate of actor Jack Larson and his partner, director James Bridges,...

  • ESPN.com to cover e-sports with same 'rigor' as it does the big leagues
    ESPN.com to cover e-sports with same 'rigor' as it does the big leagues

    ESPN has announced plans to aggressively cover the sport of playing video games, beginning on its website and apps.

    E-sports competitions have surged into a $500-million global industry over the last few years, as millions of people watch online or turn up at arenas to see players go at it with...

  • There's a series of aphrodisiac dinners being offered in Beverly Hills
    There's a series of aphrodisiac dinners being offered in Beverly Hills

    A Swiss chef who goes by the name of ChefFed (real name Juerg "Fed" Federer) is hoping you'll want to boost your libido over dinner. 

    The former "Chopped" contestant is known for his Sex on the Plate Horny Haute Cuisine cooking classes in New York City, where he demonstrated how to make erotic...

  • State of the Union brings White House to Snapchat
    State of the Union brings White House to Snapchat

    As the White House prepared for President Obama’s final State of the Union address, it gave some exclusive behind-the-scenes looks on Snapchat.

    White House workers posted about 25 videos, each 10 seconds or less (as per Snapchat rules), to the popular app on Tuesday. The clips included the president’s...

  • Santa Monica votes to raise its minimum wage
    Santa Monica votes to raise its minimum wage

    The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night approved a minimum wage ordinance that would put it in line with its neighbors in Los Angeles city and county.

    As in Los Angeles, the law, which still must come before the council for a second reading in two weeks, would raise the minimum wage at most...

  • LAPD chief asks commission to delay review of fatal shooting of unarmed homeless man
    LAPD chief asks commission to delay review of fatal shooting of unarmed homeless man

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck asked his civilian bosses Tuesday to delay their review of the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man while the district attorney's office is evaluating whether to charge the officer who opened fire.

    Beck made the request at the weekly meeting of the city's...

  • Home of the Day: An urban retreat on Abbot Kinney Boulevard
    Home of the Day: An urban retreat on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

    The three-story contemporary-style house sits within a walled garden on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

  • Home of the Day: An urban retreat on Abbot Kinney Boulevard
    Home of the Day: An urban retreat on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

    This three-story contemporary on Abbot Kinney Boulevard hits an industrial note with brick accent walls, exposed ductwork and a staircase framed in steel. Open-plan common areas done in polished concrete and dark wood floors include a step-down living room and a chef’s kitchen with a floating range....

  • Retired judge gets probation for firing at LAPD officer from West L.A. townhouse
    Retired judge gets probation for firing at LAPD officer from West L.A. townhouse

    A retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has pleaded no contest to an assault charge for shooting at police responding to his West L.A. townhouse.

    James A. Bascue entered the plea Friday in a Santa Ana courtroom. Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals sentenced Bascue, 75,...

  • Snapchat as a wealth manager and start-up launches are among the week's L.A. tech highlights
    Snapchat as a wealth manager and start-up launches are among the week's L.A. tech highlights

    Snapchat Inc. is one of several companies considering adopting features to their apps that would enable users to invest in stocks and other securities from their smartphones, according to a report last week.

    Without citing sources, news agency Reuters said Venice-based Snapchat as well as Twitter,...

  • Hot Property | Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
    Hot Property | Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

    The three-story Contemporary-style house sits on close to an acre behind gates in Beverly Hills.

  • John Legend, Chrissy Teigen buy Beverly Hills home once owned by Rihanna
    John Legend, Chrissy Teigen buy Beverly Hills home once owned by Rihanna

    Singer-songwriter John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, have bought a house in Beverly Hills for $14.1 million, according to agents not authorized to comment on the sale.

    The remodeled Contemporary-style home on close to an acre was formerly owned by pop star Rihanna, who sold the property...

  • Catch & Release in Marina del Rey closes; Italian restaurant forthcoming
    Catch & Release in Marina del Rey closes; Italian restaurant forthcoming

    Catch & Release, the seafood-centric restaurant in Marina del Rey helmed by chef Jason Neroni, has closed after less than a year. The last day of service was Sunday night; the restaurant had opened in May. 

    The restaurant is part of Sprout LA, the group that recently parted ways with prolific restaurateur...

  • How Venus Williams, ice skating and pita bread inspire Los Angeles artist Kori Newkirk
    How Venus Williams, ice skating and pita bread inspire Los Angeles artist Kori Newkirk

    If you'd walked into Kori Newkirk's sunny studio in downtown Los Angeles late last month, you would have found a wonderland of scavenged bits. Racks of cassette tapes. A tower of brightly colored pool floats. Several dozen bicycle wheels in various states of disassembly. Not to mention a mannequin...

  • LAPD chief recommends criminal charges for officer in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice
    LAPD chief recommends criminal charges for officer in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has recommended criminal charges against an officer who killed an unarmed homeless man in Venice, marking the first time as chief that Beck has called for charges in a fatal on-duty shooting.

    LAPD investigators concluded that Brendon Glenn was on his stomach,...

  • LAPD chief recommends charges for cop in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice
    LAPD chief recommends charges for cop in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has recommended criminal charges against an officer who killed an unarmed homeless man in Venice, marking the first time as chief that Beck has called for charges in a fatal on-duty shooting.

    LAPD investigators concluded that Brendon Glenn was on his stomach,...

  • Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion lists for $200 million
    Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion lists for $200 million

    What does $200 million buy in Los Angeles these days? The Playboy Mansion, for one.

    The legendary Holmby Hills estate where Hugh Hefner has worked and made his home for four decades is on the market for the nine-figure sum, making it among the priciest residential properties for sale in the United...

  • Hot Property | Playboy Mansion
    Hot Property | Playboy Mansion

    The three-story Gothic Tudor-style estate known as the Playboy Mansion has listed for sale at $200 million.

  • New-look contemporary in the 90210
    New-look contemporary in the 90210

    This 1920s Mediterranean was taken down to the studs and reimagined in a contemporary style trimmed with Old World undertones. A two-story foyer topped by a massive skylight and a glass-enclosed cigar lounge with a controlled ventilation system are among features of the new-look residence.

    Location:...

  • Datebook: Collages of L.A., an architectural dance project, abstractions of the Internet
    Datebook: Collages of L.A., an architectural dance project, abstractions of the Internet

    The Los Angeles art world comes roaring back to life this weekend with openings and events all over town. This includes a show that examines the psychology of horse racing in Chinatown, L.A. photography in Sawtelle, meticulously rendered drawings in Hollywood and paintings/installations that evoke...

  • Teen girl shot to death in Marina del Rey shopping center parking lot
    Teen girl shot to death in Marina del Rey shopping center parking lot

    Police are looking for a gunman who shot a teenage girl to death in a Marina del Rey shopping center parking lot Wednesday night, authorities said.

    The attack occurred just before 8 p.m. near Maxella and Glencoe avenues. The victim, identified as Kristine Carman, 17, was sitting in her car when...

  • The new Belvedere at the Peninsula Hotel is completely different. Here's what to expect
    The new Belvedere at the Peninsula Hotel is completely different. Here's what to expect

    If you grew up in Los Angeles, and depending on your parents' penchant for swanky hotel restaurants, you may have spent a considerable amount of time at the Belvedere, the fine-dining restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. This is where you counted the number of pretty flowers printed...

  • Snapchat gives up on selling 'lenses'
    Snapchat gives up on selling 'lenses'

    Snapchat Inc. recently embarked on its first two attempts to charge for extra features on its popular chat and video app. It’s giving up on one of them.

    The decision announced Wednesday to close what was known as the Lens Store didn’t come with a specific reason, but it suggests that not enough...

  • Costume Designers Guild Awards to honor Cate Blanchett on Feb. 23
    Costume Designers Guild Awards to honor Cate Blanchett on Feb. 23

    The Costume Designers Guild announced today that actress Cate Blanchett will be honored with an award at the group’s annual awards gala.

    Blanchett is set to receive the Lacoste Spotlight Award -- the French luxury brand is the event’s longtime presenting sponsor -- a crocodile-shaped piece of crystal...

  • Tar & Roses restaurant reopens in Santa Monica after long hiatus
    Tar & Roses restaurant reopens in Santa Monica after long hiatus

    The Santa Monica restaurant Tar & Roses, a local favorite for chef-owner Andrew Kirschner's wood-fired small plates, will reopen Friday after a half-year hiatus.  The restaurant was forced to close in June after a fire in the flue of its oven, which spread to offices upstairs in the building.

    During...

  • Lakers great James Worthy gets about $2 million for Bel-Air home
    Lakers great James Worthy gets about $2 million for Bel-Air home

    Hall of Fame basketball player and Lakers assistant James Worthy has sold a home in Bel-Air for $2.025 million in a deal completed outside the Multiple Listing Service.

    The two-story house in guard-gated Bel-Air Crest originally listed for sale in September for $2.195 million and was taken off...

  • ExLaker James Worthy vende casa por $2 millones
    ExLaker James Worthy vende casa por $2 millones

    El exjugador de los Lakers, James Worthy, ha vendido su casa en Bel-Air por $2.025 millones. 

    La casa de dos pisos en Bel-Air Crest, originalmente enlistada en septiembre por $2.195 millones, fue removida del mercado en noviembre pasado. Worthy compró el terreno hace casi 20 años por $945,000.

    ...

  • Hot Property | James Worthy
    Hot Property | James Worthy

    The two-story house in guard-gated Bel-Air Crest has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in nearly 3,900 square feet of living space.

  • Activision Blizzard buys Major League Gaming with plans for the ESPN of e-sports
    Activision Blizzard buys Major League Gaming with plans for the ESPN of e-sports

    Activision Blizzard Inc. announced a small acquisition Monday that kickstarts big plans to develop a broadcast empire around electronic sports (aka video games) that rivals what ESPN has done for contact sports.

    The Santa Monica video game maker purchased Major League Gaming, an online broadcaster...

  • Activision Blizzard buys Major League Gaming with plans for the ESPN of e-sports
    Activision Blizzard buys Major League Gaming with plans for the ESPN of e-sports

    Activision Blizzard Inc. announced a small acquisition Monday that kickstarts big plans to develop a broadcast empire around electronic sports (aka video games) that rivals what ESPN has done for contact sports.

    The Santa Monica video game maker purchased Major League Gaming, an online broadcaster...

  • Venice tenants complained to the city, then wished they hadn't
    Venice tenants complained to the city, then wished they hadn't

    Worried that their new landlord was trying to turn their Venice apartment building into a kind of illegal hotel, Phyllis Murphy and her neighbors wrote a letter to city officials.

    The residents complained that some of the units were being rented out to tourists for short stays, bringing a revolving...

  • Getty's 'Victorious Youth' bronze gets another legal detour
    Getty's 'Victorious Youth' bronze gets another legal detour

    The legal battle over one of the J. Paul Getty Museum's most prized possessions -- the "Victorious Youth" bronze sculpture dating from around 300-100 B.C. -- has taken another detour, with a court in Italy ordering that the case be sent back to a lower court. 

    A spokesman for the Getty in Los Angeles...

  • These were the most expensive homes sold in greater Los Angeles in 2015
    These were the most expensive homes sold in greater Los Angeles in 2015

    Another year of nine-figure listings dominated real estate headlines and, to an extent, our imaginations in 2015. But despite sticker prices intended to induce shock and astonishment, we failed to see a $100-million home sale recorded in Los Angeles this year.

    Instead, many of the year’s most expensive...

  • Datebook: A film series at the Hammer and works about language at LACE in the New Year
    Datebook: A film series at the Hammer and works about language at LACE in the New Year

    New Year’s weekend will be generally quiet as far as openings go — though the museums will all be doing their thing, with some terrific shows ongoing. But the art world gets cooking again early next week with the opening of a film festival at the Hammer Museum and a show at LACE that examines the...

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