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The virtual open house is available 24/7

Open houses aren’t confined to Sunday afternoons anymore. In fact, these open houses don’t even require stepping through the front door.  Real estate marketing has caught an early virtual-reality buzz, with some homes bought sight-unseen after property walk-throughs done while lounging in bed. ...

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  • Brunello di Montalcino at Valentino, gin and tonics at Greystone

    Brunello di Montalcino at Valentino, gin and tonics at Greystone

    Chianti may be the best-known wine in Tuscany, but it’s Brunello di Montalcino that connoisseurs regard as the region's king of wines. And Friday night, you have a chance to taste some of the best examples at a special dinner put on by the Consorzio di Brunello di Montalcino honoring Santa Monica’s...

  • Mark Strausman of Freds at Barneys New York is big on fennel pollen

    Mark Strausman of Freds at Barneys New York is big on fennel pollen

    Mark Strausman is the chef at Freds at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, which recently opened in the former fifth-floor Barney Greengrass space. Before signing on as the chef at all Freds locations, including sister restaurants in New York and Chicago, Strausman graduated from New York City Technical...

  • Scratch Bar chef declares Back of the House Appreciation Month, #BAM

    Scratch Bar chef declares Back of the House Appreciation Month, #BAM

    If you’re part of a restaurant’s back of the house staff, also known as the BOH in the industry, chef Phillip Frankland Lee wants to treat you to a free meal. The Scratch Bar and the Gadarene Swine chef has declared the entire month of February Back of the House Appreciation Month, along with the...

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  • Real estate's grande dame

    Joyce Rey has been behind the sales of mega-million-dollar properties known for historic names, not mere addresses: Pickfair, Owlwood, Greenacres, Le Belvedere. Since launching her career in 1974, the real estate agent's superlative deals now exceed $3 billion. Her best year to date: 2014, when...

  • Home of the Day: Lauren Conrad slept here

    Home of the Day: Lauren Conrad slept here

    Renovated by actress, author and fashion entrepreneur Lauren Conrad, this Beverly Hills penthouse is a showcase of modern style philosophy. Conrad, who sold the place in February, paired casual rusticity with high-end glamour to create a bright and restful loving space. Features of note include...

  • Bird Streets action may signal a takeoff

    Bird Streets action may signal a takeoff

    So far this year, we've seen more than 20 home sales of $10 million or more, only a slight uptick from the previous year, plus just a handful of $20-million-plus sales. Safe to say, the market for higher high-end homes in the Greater Los Angeles area has yet to cut loose in 2016. But that could...

  • Tax day 2016 specials: 66-cent martinis, $1 Old Fashioneds, $1 oysters

    Tax day 2016 specials: 66-cent martinis, $1 Old Fashioneds, $1 oysters

    Monday is tax day (it's usually April 15), in case you needed a reminder. Maybe you paid the government some money this year; maybe you got a refund. Either way, a 66-cent martini and a dozen $1 oysters sounds like a good idea. Here are some places around town offering tax day specials.  1933 Group:...

  • Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann: This is $11.5 million

    Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann: This is $11.5 million

    Another round of high-dollar sales resulted in a small mint's worth of cash changing hands around the Greater Los Angeles area. Among the movers and shakers was a big-name producer, a sports franchise owner and a manufacturing heiress. Here's a look at the most expensive homes sold in the last...

  • Home of the Week: A tour de force in Trousdale Estates

    Home of the Week: A tour de force in Trousdale Estates

    This sleek, single-level home pulls off a contemporary design coup with its emphasis on horizontal lines. Wide walls of glass doors slide open electronically to connect open-plan indoor and outdoor living spaces. City and ocean views stretch to the horizon. Even the long, low gas fireplaces follow...

  • 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...

  • Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis: Why new billboard art loses its power when seen up close
    Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis: Why new billboard art loses its power when seen up close

    For two guys who are supposed to know a lot about Los Angeles, Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis make some pretty big missteps in their collaborative exhibition at the Beverly Hills branch of Gagosian Gallery.

    Mistake No. 1: They forget that looking at paintings and looking at billboards are not...

  • My Favorite Room: Josh Flagg
    My Favorite Room: Josh Flagg

    Josh Flagg is the estate homes director for Rodeo Realty and star of the Bravo series "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles." The 30-year-old real estate agent has written two books, "A Simple Girl: Stories My Grandmother Told Me" (about fashion design mogul Edith Flagg) and "Million Dollar Agent:...

  • Where to go for Easter brunch in and around Los Angeles
    Where to go for Easter brunch in and around Los Angeles

    If you're planning on having Easter brunch out this year (no one will blame you), here's a guide to restaurants offering brunch, and even a few Easter egg hunts, in and around the L.A. area. Because even if your family's tradition includes roast leg of lamb, crab eggs Benedict and bottomless mimosas,...

  • Beverly Hills put a spotlight on its celebrity water wasters -- and it worked
    Beverly Hills put a spotlight on its celebrity water wasters -- and it worked

    Officials in Beverly Hills say they tried it all: educational campaigns, usage restrictions and written notices for people suspected of wasting water.

    Despite those efforts, the community missed its savings target every month since June, when a statewide 25% reduction in urban water consumption...

  • Channing Hansen knits restless webs of line and color
    Channing Hansen knits restless webs of line and color

    Channing Hansen's work emerges boisterously, brilliantly, at the intersection of chance, science, feminism and back-to-the-hand aesthetics. His first show at Marc Selwyn Fine Art is enthralling.

    Born and based in L.A., Hansen has a restless mind and restless fingers, which took up knitting a decade...

  • Westside home of Al Martino sells in all-cash deal
    Westside home of Al Martino sells in all-cash deal

    The homes of a medical entrepreneur, a film executive and a professional matchmaker were among the most expensive real estate sold in

    Greater Los Angeles the last two weeks.

    $9.7 million — Malibu

    George Rapier, the founder and chairman of WellMed Medical Management, and his wife, Kymberly, sold...

  • A Kardashian family affair in Calabasas
    A Kardashian family affair in Calabasas

    Add another home to the Kardashian-Jenner compound.

    A trust that holds real estate for the love-'em-or-hate-'em reality television family bought a Calabasas home for Kylie Jenner last year. Now the same trust has purchased a house in Calabasas for Rob Kardashian for $2.285 million.

    Built in 2005,...

  • Exclusive: Acclaimed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to open a restaurant in Beverly Hills
    Exclusive: Acclaimed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to open a restaurant in Beverly Hills

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the acclaimed French chef and noted cookbook author behind several restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Tokyo and Chicago, is opening his first Los Angeles restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.

    The hotel and Jean-Georges restaurant, located next to the Beverly...

  • A Hollywood Regency original in Beverly Hills
    A Hollywood Regency original in Beverly Hills

    This Hollywood Regency residence, set on half an acre on Beverly Hills' Alpine Drive, has the fluted columns, parquet wood floors and romancing details distinctive of the style popularized by John Elgin Woolf. Designed for silver screen star Eleanor Parker, the 1960s home was later acquired by...

  • 'Thor's' Chris Hemsworth looks to hammer out a deal
    'Thor's' Chris Hemsworth looks to hammer out a deal

    Actor Chris Hemsworth, who plays the mythological superhero Thor in the Marvel films, has put his mortal realm in Malibu's Point Dume on the market for $6.5 million.

    He and wife, Elsa Pataky, are selling because they moved back to Hemsworth's native Australia last year.

    Set behind gates on a full...

  • Datebook: Duchamp's influence, fantastical worlds and collages that get political
    Datebook: Duchamp's influence, fantastical worlds and collages that get political

    Landscapes of fanciful worlds. Collages that take on violence, race and militarism. And a work that explores 20th century history in video. Plus: The long-running influence of Marcel Duchamp. Here are five exhibitions and events to see in Los Angeles and beyond in the coming week:

    "Duchamp to Pop,"...

  • Home of the Day: A Mediterranean-style estate offers Beverly Hills lifestyle
    Home of the Day: A Mediterranean-style estate offers Beverly Hills lifestyle

    A contemporary Mediterranean-style estate romances modern living with Hollywood Regency finishes and elegant high-end amenities. Limestone floors, sweeping stairways, soaring ceilings and glittering crystal chandeliers define a very private property with the drama and proportion befitting the ZIP...

  • Rooftop workouts in L.A. aim for top-of-the-world experiences
    Rooftop workouts in L.A. aim for top-of-the-world experiences

    Lithe bodies reaching toward the heavens doing sun salutations on a helipad overlooking the Hollywood sign as the morning sun streams over the Capitol Records building. Chiseled bodies "visualizing" success and calling out affirmations in a spin class overlooking picturesque palm trees and the...

  • Homes of Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub are for sale at a combined $41 million
    Homes of Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub are for sale at a combined $41 million

    Think of it as Jerry Weintraub's last big production and sequel. The Beverly Hills estate of the late mega-producer was listed for sale earlier this month for $25 million. Now his Palm Desert home is being offered at $16 million.

    The Beverly Hills residence, renovated a decade ago, includes a contemporary-style...

  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Johnny Galecki ready to say goodbye to old home
    'Big Bang Theory's' Johnny Galecki ready to say goodbye to old home

    It's in with the new and out with a bang for Johnny Galecki.

    "The Big Bang Theory" star, who bought a pedigreed home from action film star Jason Statham last year, has put his old house in Hollywood Hills West on the market for $1.995 million.

    The 1950s bungalow sits on more than a third of an...

  • Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shuts down after federal allegations
    Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shuts down after federal allegations

    Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shut down, closing all 56 of its campuses, including 39 in California, after the U.S. Department of Education said the for-profit cosmetology school was improperly allocating federal student aid money.

    The Department of Education said earlier this week that...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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:...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape
    2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape

    Doris Tillman of South Los Angeles had lost her husband, her job and her water service, so she did what people do here in a gilded metropolis that throws curses at people on the fringes — she adapted.

    When I think back on the year 2015, I'll conjure up an image of Tillman at 71, bending into a...

  • Oprah Winfrey scores ski home in Telluride
    Oprah Winfrey scores ski home in Telluride

    Oprah Winfrey has dropped $14 million on a high-tech ski home in Telluride, Colo. — well within construction supervision range of the 60-plus acres she bought last year for $11 million.

    The media mogul's new place was purchased from tech entrepreneur Bob Wall, who served as chief executive for...

  • Oprah Winfrey lands a tech-happy ski home in Telluride
    Oprah Winfrey lands a tech-happy ski home in Telluride

    Oprah Winfrey has dropped $14 million on a high-tech ski home in Telluride, Colo. — well within construction supervision range of the 60-plus acres she bought last year for $11 million.

    The media mogul's new place was purchased from tech entrepreneur Bob Wall, who served as chief executive for...

  • Avec Nous, the new restaurant at Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel
    Avec Nous, the new restaurant at Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel

    Avec Nous, the restaurant replacing Livello restaurant and lounge at Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel, is scheduled to open early next year as a contemporary French bistro. 

    Livello opened at the hotel in 2011, shortly after the Viceroy Hotel Group took over as the hotel's operator in 2010. 

    ...

  • At Tempura Endo, you'll get an all-tempura menu -- and a tea ceremony
    At Tempura Endo, you'll get an all-tempura menu -- and a tea ceremony

    If your idea of tempura involves lukewarm, slightly limp fried clumps in the corner of a sushi lunch special bento box, consider this your tempura wake-up call. 

    There is plenty of good tempura in Los Angeles. But at Tempura Endo, opening Jan. 7 in Beverly Hills, it is the sole focus of the restaurant...

  • IWC Schaffhausen and Audemars Piguet watch brands debut new Rodeo Drive digs
    IWC Schaffhausen and Audemars Piguet watch brands debut new Rodeo Drive digs

    Two Swiss luxury watch brands held star-studded ceremonial ribbon-cuttings in Beverly Hills this month -- IWC Schaffhausen, which debuted a new Rodeo Drive boutique on Dec. 1, and Audemars Piguet which celebrated its fourth U.S. standalone boutique just down the street eight days later.

    The Richemont-owned...

  • Chanel pays record price for retail space on Rodeo Drive
    Chanel pays record price for retail space on Rodeo Drive

    French luxury retailer Chanel paid a record price for retail space on Rodeo Drive amid continued strong demand for properties along the swanky Beverly Hills corridor.

    Chanel bought its 11,500-square-foot store at 400 N. Rodeo Drive, which it had been leasing, for about $152 million, or $13,217...

  • Boys' basketball: Windward to play El Camino Real in Beverly Hills tournament

    Action continues on Wednesday in the Beverly Hills tournament.

    The featured game has El Camino Real taking on Windward in a quarterfinal game at 5 p.m.

    Other games: Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. Serra, 2 p.m.; Taft vs. Beverly Hills, 3:30 p.m.; Orange Lutheran vs. St. Bernard, 6:30 p.m.; Loyola vs....

  • Home of the Day: A mix of style in Beverly Hills
    Home of the Day: A mix of style in Beverly Hills

    In Beverly Hills, this recently completed residence, with arched doors and windows, coffered ceilings and a contemporary kitchen, offers a contrast in style. Terra-cotta roof tiles and textured white walls lend an age-old quality typical of the Spanish Revival-style homes of the 1920s. Marble-lined...

  • Home of the Day: A mix of style in Beverly Hills
    Home of the Day: A mix of style in Beverly Hills

    Old World details and Traditional-style finishes blend at this Beverly Hills residence, on the market for $3.5 million.

  • Singer Sarah McLachlan lists her custom retreat in Canada
    Singer Sarah McLachlan lists her custom retreat in Canada

    Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has listed her retreat in Whistler, Canada, for sale at about $10.1 million or 13.5 million in Canadian dollars.

    The mezzo-soprano and pianist was involved in the building, design and finish selections for the custom house, which sits on 4.3 acres in the Stonebridge...

  • For Mary Zimmerman, overseeing 'Guys and Dolls' at the Wallis, it starts with imagination
    For Mary Zimmerman, overseeing 'Guys and Dolls' at the Wallis, it starts with imagination

    In the center of the rehearsal room stands a cluster of men of all ages and sizes. They're in street clothes, but from their loose postures and colorful New York patois, they are instantly recognizable as the semi-shady, thoroughly lovable gamblers of "Guys and Dolls."

    Director Mary Zimmerman has...

  • Ringo Starr auctioning first pressing of 'White Album,' other Beatles memorabilia in Beverly Hills
    Ringo Starr auctioning first pressing of 'White Album,' other Beatles memorabilia in Beverly Hills

    Darren Julien has handled estate and memorabilia sales for the likes of Cher, Barbra Streisand, U2 — even the staggering Neverland Ranch/Michael Jackson auction that required five catalogs.

    Yet, even the founder of Beverly Hills’ venerable Julien’s Auctions is impressed with next week’s Ringo Starr/Barbara...

  • NBA's LeBron James expands his empire westward
    NBA's LeBron James expands his empire westward

    When LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers makes a move — on or off court — people notice.

    The hoops superstar recently purchased an estate in Brentwood for $20,986,500 to augment his Ohio real estate holdings.

    Built in 2011 and designed by architect Ken Ungar, the 9,440-square-foot Traditional-style...

  • Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go
    Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go

    Thanksgiving is a cook's holiday. But if you're not feeling the whole I'm-going-to-spend-all-Thanksgiving-and-the-night-before-in-the-kitchen thing, here are some places that are open Thanksgiving Day, and some restaurants and bakeries preparing all the essentials to order ahead and enjoy at home. 

    ...

  • Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé: Here's where to celebrate Thursday
    Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé: Here's where to celebrate Thursday

    Every year on the third Thursday of November, millions of bottles of a fresh, fruity Gamay from Beaujolais are poured to celebrate the new vintage. Banners all over France — and the world — proclaim “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!” French restaurants, of course, get into the spirit of things...

  • Christian Navarro of Wally's Wine and Spirits is 'sommelier to the stars'
    Christian Navarro of Wally's Wine and Spirits is 'sommelier to the stars'

    The gig: Christian Navarro, 48, is president, chief wine taster and partner of Wally's Wine and Spirits in Westwood and Wally's Beverly Hills. The latter store opened last year and holds 2,500 wines, 200 cheeses, meats, caviar, chocolate and truffles.

    L.A. icon: Wally's was founded in 1968 as a...

  • Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills gets a makeover that pays homage to its murderous history
    Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills gets a makeover that pays homage to its murderous history

    No amount of Gustavian furniture, flamboyant wallpaper or Tony Duquette-inspired decor can mask the dark history that permeates Greystone Mansion.

    And that's what makes the Maison de Luxe Designer Show House, the latest designer makeover of the Beverly Hills estate, so much fun.

    This year, instead...

  • Another reason to drink at Spago: Sommelier wins prestigious Prix Le Montrachet
    Another reason to drink at Spago: Sommelier wins prestigious Prix Le Montrachet

    Phillip Dunn, wine director of Spago Beverly Hills, has been awarded the top prize in the 2015 Prix Le Montrachet. Created by Hotel Le Montrachet in Puligny-Montrachet in 1988, the Prix Le Montrachet is an annual award given to a sommelier working in a restaurant outside France, in recognition...

  • Pair pick Los Feliz beauty for marital home
    Pair pick Los Feliz beauty for marital home

    Voice actor/TV host/comedian Chris Hardwick and actress Lydia Hearst are having a busy fall. They got engaged and bought what will be their marital home — a gated estate in Los Feliz — for $11 million.

    The Italianate-style house was designed in 1928 by architect Paul Williams. Among his signature...

  • Home of the Day: A modern stronghold with a moat in Beverly Hills
    Home of the Day: A modern stronghold with a moat in Beverly Hills

    A thin moat-style water feature circles the perimeter of this dramatic contemporary-style residence, set high on a promontory of about an acre in Beverly Hills. Completed last year, towering walls of tempered glass underscore the home’s massive glass front doors and an adjacent all-glass garage.

    ...

  • Home of the Day: A modern stronghold with a moat in Beverly Hills
    Home of the Day: A modern stronghold with a moat in Beverly Hills

    The modern-style home on about an acre in Beverly Hills features a moat-style water feature, walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and a 1,000-bottle wine cellar. Price: $42 million.

  • Natural beauty purveyor CAP is popping up at Jenni Kayne in Brentwood
    Natural beauty purveyor CAP is popping up at Jenni Kayne in Brentwood

    New York natural beauty and skincare purveyor CAP Beauty is popping up at Jenni Kayne's Brentwood boutique from Friday through Nov. 12.

    The pop-up will introduce customers to the retailer before CAP (the acronym stands for clean and pure) opens its first L.A.-area location in 2016.

    Jenni Kayne...

  • 'Ferocious' women gather in Los Angeles for MOCA awards
    'Ferocious' women gather in Los Angeles for MOCA awards

    The event: In a gathering of what speakers called extraordinary, nurturing and “ferocious” women, the Museum of Contemporary Art honored artist Marilyn Minter and trustee Susan Gersh at the MOCA Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon Wednesday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

    The affair also featured...

  • 'Wiesenthal' documents one man's human frailty, tireless dedication
    'Wiesenthal' documents one man's human frailty, tireless dedication

    “My wife is waiting at our front door for me to finally come home from the war,” says Simon Wiesenthal as he leaves his office for the last time in Tom Dugan’s beautifully written and performed one-man bio-play “Wiesenthal,” now at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

    Simon Wiesenthal...

  • Israel Film Festival brings award winners 'Baba Joon,' 'Censored Voices' to L.A.
    Israel Film Festival brings award winners 'Baba Joon,' 'Censored Voices' to L.A.

    The 29th edition of the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles shines the spotlight on the country's new directorial voices, including Yuval Delshad, the writer-director of the opening night feature "Baba Joon," the winner of the 2015 Israeli Academy Ophir Award for best film — the top film prize...

  • Paley Center honors Quincy Jones, Diahann Carroll at black television tribute
    Paley Center honors Quincy Jones, Diahann Carroll at black television tribute

    In what seems to be a historic year for diversity on television, increasing the number of people of color in Hollywood continues to be at the center of conversation. Monday night was no different as the Paley Center for Media hosted a Hollywood Tribute to African American Achievements in Television...

  • GLSEN honors Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and Zachary Quinto
    GLSEN honors Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and Zachary Quinto

    The event: Onstage at the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards, Justin Timberlake thanked organizers  “for allowing Mommy and Daddy to have a rare date night out together.” Friday’s celebration of the organization’s 25 years not only heaped honors on new parents Timberlake and Jessica Biel, but also bestowed...

  • Boys' basketball: Twins Mason and Maddox Daniels transfer to Beverly Hills

    Beverly Hills' basketball program may have hit the jackpot with the arrival of 6-foot-6 twins Mason and Maddox Daniels, a pair of seniors who played last season for Florida Montverde.

    Virginia and Davidson are among the schools showing interest.

    Beverly Hills Coach Jarvis Turner said both can be...

  • Kate Hudson to host Fabletics fundraiser
    Kate Hudson to host Fabletics fundraiser

    Actress and Fabletics co-founder Kate Hudson is scheduled to host a shopping fundraiser to benefit Bright Pink on Thursday at the Fabletics boutique at The Village at Westfield Topanga.

    Guests can sip champagne and listen to music from DJ Alex Merrell while they shop. Merchandise will be 10% off,...

  • Social Gaming Network's Chris DeWolfe buys Beverly Hills-area Traditional home
    Social Gaming Network's Chris DeWolfe buys Beverly Hills-area Traditional home

    Myspace co-creator Chris DeWolfe has bought a house in the Beverly Hills area for $5.5 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

    The seller of the estate, which was once the home of the late television and Broadway producer Michael Filerman, was "Million Dollar Listing" mainstay Josh...

  • Estrella Sunset Boulevard opens tonight, a hippie oasis restaurant with its own theater
    Estrella Sunset Boulevard opens tonight, a hippie oasis restaurant with its own theater

    In the middle of the Sunset Strip, near the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Horner Avenue, there's a hippie oasis. This is Estrella, a new restaurant by partners Alan Nathan, Brett Nestadt and chef/partner Dakota Weiss. And stepping inside the front doors is like a visit to your grandmother's house...

  • First look at Viviane, the Beverly Hills restaurant by Michael Hung and Stephane Bombet
    First look at Viviane, the Beverly Hills restaurant by Michael Hung and Stephane Bombet

    Construction hasn't even started on Viviane, the new restaurant by Stephane Bombet of Bombet Hospitality Group and chef Michael Hung at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, scheduled to open Oct. 26. But Hung has been busy working on the menu for months. 

    Hung, who most recently worked at Faith and...

  • 'Full House' actor John Stamos charged with DUI after driving erratically in Beverly Hills
    'Full House' actor John Stamos charged with DUI after driving erratically in Beverly Hills

    “Full House” actor John Stamos has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs after he was spotted driving erratically in a Beverly Hills neighborhood, prosecutors said.

    Stamos, who stars in the new show “Grandfathered,” faces one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of...

  • Suge Knight, Katt Williams ordered to stand trial in photographer robbery
    Suge Knight, Katt Williams ordered to stand trial in photographer robbery

    Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams were ordered Tuesday to stand trial in connection with charges they stole a photographer's camera outside a Beverly Hills film and TV studio.

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge heard testimony during the roughly one-hour preliminary...

  • Hale Bob fashion show carries on L.A.'s resort wear tradition
    Hale Bob fashion show carries on L.A.'s resort wear tradition

    From Fred Cole to Rose Marie Reid and beyond, Los Angeles has a long history of producing fashionable swim and resort wear with a celebrity angle that sells it to the wider world. And today, Hale Bob is one of the L.A. labels carrying on the tradition.

    Founded 14 years ago by Paris transplant Daniel...

  • Model Tyra Banks to sell Beverly Hills estate where she's been living her 'FabLife'
    Model Tyra Banks to sell Beverly Hills estate where she's been living her 'FabLife'

    Model and television personality Tyra Banks has put her romantic Beverly Hills estate on the market at $7.75 million.

    She renovated the Spanish Colonial-style home, built in 1926, while maintaining key architectural elements. The "FabLife" series co-host put an estimated $2 million into work on...

  • James Conlon to debut at Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills
    James Conlon to debut at Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills

    James Conlon, music director of Los Angeles Opera, will make his conducting debut at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills this month as part of a music series in collaboration with the Colburn School.

    The concert is scheduled for Oct. 28, with Conlon leading a program...

  • Frank Bowling at Marc Selwyn Fine Art: Discipline meets delight
    Frank Bowling at Marc Selwyn Fine Art: Discipline meets delight

    Frank Bowling’s West Coast solo debut is two shows in one.

    The first covers the years 1968 to 1979, just after Bowling moved from London to New York, where he set up his studio and began to exhibit regularly. His increasingly large, increasingly abstract canvases made a mess of the idea that painting...

  • Tampa Bay Rays hitter Evan Longoria picks up a base in West Hollywood
    Tampa Bay Rays hitter Evan Longoria picks up a base in West Hollywood

    Evan Longoria can forgo the team hotel the next time the Tampa Bay Rays are in town to play the Angels or Dodgers. The Southland baseball product and slugging third baseman for the American League East team recently bought a house in West Hollywood for $1.95 million.

    Set behind walls and gates,...

  • 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...

  • Singer-songwriter superstar Rod Stewart sells a Beverly Hills rental property
    Singer-songwriter superstar Rod Stewart sells a Beverly Hills rental property

    Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart has sold an investment condominium in Beverly Hills for $1.2 million, public records show.

    The contemporary Mediterranean-style unit was purchased new more than a decade ago, through a trust in which he holds other property, for $949,000. He also owns a mansion in...

  • Second 'Millionaire Matchmaker' guest charged with assaulting a woman
    Second 'Millionaire Matchmaker' guest charged with assaulting a woman

    A man who once appeared on the Bravo TV show “Millionaire Matchmaker” – which pairs wealthy suitors with eligible companions – has been charged with abusing and threatening a woman, authorities said. It’s the second guest from the show to be charged this month with abusing a woman.

    John Bonavia,...

  • You may finally be able to get a table at Curtis Stone's Beverly Hills restaurant
    You may finally be able to get a table at Curtis Stone's Beverly Hills restaurant

    It's a fun L.A. game to list the hardest-to-get restaurant reservations in town — kind of like our version of impossible Broadway shows. These lists, which you can also find among the repeating listicles of blogs and other publications, mostly include Bestia and Trois Mec, and they mostly start...

  • 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 —...

  • Owner of speeding Ferrari in Beverly Hills is drag-racing Qatar prince
    Owner of speeding Ferrari in Beverly Hills is drag-racing Qatar prince

    The owner of two exotic sports cars seen on videos speeding through narrow residential streets in Beverly Hills is a Qatar national who claims he has diplomatic immunity, police said.

  • There's just no sense to 'Some Kind of Hate'

    "Some Kind of Hate" is some kind of mess. What could have been a timely thriller with a sharp anti-bullying message proves a convoluted slashfest in the hands of director Adam Egypt Mortimer, who co-wrote the blurry script with Brian DeLeeuw.

    When Lincoln (Ronen Rubinstein), a sullen teen with...

  • Mystery over speeding exotic cars in Beverly Hills and diplomatic immunity claims
    Mystery over speeding exotic cars in Beverly Hills and diplomatic immunity claims

    A pair of exotic sports cars speeding through narrow residential streets in Beverly Hills sparked a police investigation and inquires to the U.S. State Department about the possible diplomatic immunity of the vehicles’ owner, authorities said. In videos posted on Instagram and YouTube, the 12-cylinder...

  • Owner of sports cars seen speeding in Beverly Hills is Qatar national
    Owner of sports cars seen speeding in Beverly Hills is Qatar national

    The owner of two exotic sports cars seen on videos posted to social media speeding through narrow residential streets in Beverly Hills is a Qatar national who says he has diplomatic immunity, police said.

  • 'Real Housewives' star Kim Richards sentenced for resisting arrest
    'Real Housewives' star Kim Richards sentenced for resisting arrest

    "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards pleaded no contest Monday to charges stemming from a run-in with police at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills.

    After pleading no contest to one count misdemeanor of resisting arrest, Richards, 50, was immediately sentenced to three years’ probation...

  • Wrap your knife in a newspaper, and other tips from a master Japanese knife sharpener
    Wrap your knife in a newspaper, and other tips from a master Japanese knife sharpener

    “The traditional test to see whether a knife is sharp is to reach behind your head and cut into a hair,” Jonathan Broida, owner of Japanese Knife Imports, explains at a knife sharpening demonstration at his Beverly Hills Shop. “Don’t try it here,” he cautions.

    It’s not every day that a third-generation...

  • A new restaurant -- Viviane -- is opening soon at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills
    A new restaurant -- Viviane -- is opening soon at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills

    Stephane Bombet, owner of the Bombet Hospitality Group, is teaming up with chef Michael Hung to open Viviane, a new restaurant at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. 

    Bombet, who also owns Terrine, took to Facebook to announce that his hospitality group would be taking over all food and beverage...

  • DJ Steve Aoki is throwing the world's biggest pizza party tonight in Beverly Hills and you're invited
    DJ Steve Aoki is throwing the world's biggest pizza party tonight in Beverly Hills and you're invited

    Pizza parties were the highlight of pre-adolescent life. It's David's 10th birthday, you got an A- in math class, it was the Friday before a holiday weekend. Pizza was the answer to everything.

    Now that you're an adult, pizza parties can come with anything from beer — to DJ Steve Aoki.

    Yes, Steve...

  • The Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills is closing for a complete remodel
    The Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills is closing for a complete remodel

    The Belvedere, the fine-dining restaurant at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel known for its white table cloths and champagne Sunday brunches, is closing for a complete remodel.

    The restaurant has been open for the last 21 years. Its final night of service will be Tuesday, and the new Belvedere...

  • Two reasons to visit Ferragamo's renovated Rodeo Drive store -- three if you're famous
    Two reasons to visit Ferragamo's renovated Rodeo Drive store -- three if you're famous

    After a seven-month stand on Wilshire Boulevard, Italian luxury label Salvatore Ferragamo is back in its former Rodeo Drive digs, which have been extensively renovated to pay homage to the brand’s DNA and underscore its century-long relationship with Hollywood.

    Although the 10,000-square-foot footprint...

  • Mediterranean-style mansion in Beverly Hills
    Mediterranean-style mansion in Beverly Hills

    Lion statues stand sentry at the entrance of this elegant two-story mansion on more than an acre in Beverly Hills. At the back of the house another pair look out over an expansive pool area surrounded by lawn and hidden by tall hedges. Silver and gold leaf details and a dramatic two-story foyer...

  • Man accused of anti-vaccination graffiti in Beverly Hills pleads not guilty

    A man accused of vandalizing a building in Beverly Hills and a freeway sign with anti-vaccination graffiti pleaded not guilty Friday to three felonies.

    Marlon Brian Andrino, 28, of Ontario, was charged this month with three counts of vandalism for allegedly causing more than $400 in damage to property...

  • 23-year-old wins Young Chef Competition in L.A., and $10,000
    23-year-old wins Young Chef Competition in L.A., and $10,000

    Baby-faced Skylar Stover has been in tough cooking competitions before. Not Gordon Ramsay tough, but the real thing. He was part of the American team that took home a silver medal at this year’s Bocuse d’Or international cooking competition in Lyon, France. 

    So it probably wasn’t a big surprise...

  • Actress Cate Blanchett lists mansion in the land down under
    Actress Cate Blanchett lists mansion in the land down under

    Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and her husband, playwright and director Andrew Upton, have put their historic home in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, on the market for about $14.75 million.

    Built in 1877, the sandstone-faced home known as Bulwarra overlooks the Lane Cove River on about...

  • Online menswear labels Buck Mason, Indochino open bricks & mortar
    Online menswear labels Buck Mason, Indochino open bricks & mortar

    Two online menswear labels have set up bricks-and-mortar locations in the Greater L.A. area.

    Los Angeles-based Buck Mason is having a party Saturday to celebrate its new store on Abbot Kinney store in Venice.

    The 700-square-foot space was designed by co-founders Erik Schnakenberg and Sasha Koehn. ...

  • Top sales: Pedigreed Greene & Greene Craftsman goes for $7.84 million
    Top sales: Pedigreed Greene & Greene Craftsman goes for $7.84 million

    A Westside penthouse, a Greene & Greene Craftsman and new construction in Arcadia and Hollywood Hills West were among the priciest residential real estate sales in the greater Los Angeles area in the week that ended Aug. 15.

    $9 million — Santa Monica

    An ocean-view penthouse at the Seychelle building...

  • Daunting power of the hand, mind and machine by Matt Hope at Ace Gallery
    Daunting power of the hand, mind and machine by Matt Hope at Ace Gallery

     Matt Hope packs his extensive, daunting show at Ace Beverly Hills with all sorts of power -- of the hand, mind and machine. Some of it seduces with the allure of exquisite craft. Some of it unnerves by seeming not quite safely harnessed.

    Born in London and living in Beijing, Hope is a resourceful,...

  • Charlie Ebersol talks about recovering from plane crash and importance of stamina
    Charlie Ebersol talks about recovering from plane crash and importance of stamina

    As the son of actress Susan Saint James and sports media mogul Dick Ebersol, Charlie Ebersol, who's producing CNBC's new reality series "West Texas Investors Club," might seem to have a charmed life. But it hasn't all been golden. A plane crash in November 2004 killed one of his brothers, the pilot...

  • NBC is confident its NFL opener will draw 'gigantic interest' -- with or without Tom Brady
    NBC is confident its NFL opener will draw 'gigantic interest' -- with or without Tom Brady

    Next month's NFL season opener on NBC, between the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the high-octane offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers, seems like a dream match-up for fans -- and a network looking for ratings.

    But with the league's four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady,...

  • NBC entertainment chiefs talk binge experiment, 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' envy
    NBC entertainment chiefs talk binge experiment, 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' envy

    On the last day of the Television Critics Assn. media tour, NBC’s entertainment chiefs opened up about the network’s programming experiments and plans for the future.NBC’s chairman of entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, and entertainment president, Jennifer Salke, appeared before reporters Thursday...

  • In a 1958 inquest, killing of Lana Turner's boyfriend was detailed
    In a 1958 inquest, killing of Lana Turner's boyfriend was detailed

    On the night that Beverly Hills police were called to the home on North Bedford Drive, cinema femme fatale Lana Turner was already on her way to becoming a Hollywood legend.

    The sultry blond, famously "discovered" in a Hollywood soda bar, had played the unfulfilled murderous wife in "The Postman...

  • Judge throws out Beverly Hills man's suit against city over probe into wife's death
    Judge throws out Beverly Hills man's suit against city over probe into wife's death

    When the Beverly Hills police began investigating whether Gary Klein killed his wife, Klein fought back.

    He created a blog that called the Beverly Hills police "Bozos." He hired a truck with a huge sign that asked people to boycott the city. He filed complaints against the police and finally a...

  • Stuart connects with the earth beneath her feet
    Stuart connects with the earth beneath her feet

    "Seed Calendar, River Tree (SBCA)," at roughly 15 inches square, is one of the smallest pieces in "Topographies," an inspiring survey of works on paper by Michelle Stuart. "#9 Zena" is the largest, a scroll drawing five feet wide and 12 feet long, ending in a curl on the floor. The small piece...

  • Beverly Hills' Mosaic Hotel has had a little work done; here's what it looks like now
    Beverly Hills' Mosaic Hotel has had a little work done; here's what it looks like now

    Four months after it closed for renovations, the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills has recovered from its facelift and has reopened.

    And it's offering discounts on rooms until Sept. 30.

    But first, let's look at what's been done at the boutique hotel. The 49 rooms as well as common areas and the pool...

  • The ultimate $24,000 night at the Beverly Hilton, bling included
    The ultimate $24,000 night at the Beverly Hilton, bling included

    When President Obama came to L.A. last month for an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," he checked into the presidential suite at the Beverly Hilton. Now you can stay in the same three-room suite for $24,000 with lots of glamorous A-list extras.

    The hotel turns 60 this year,...

  • Al's Newsstand from afar
    Al's Newsstand from afar

    Howard Fang photographed Al's Newsstand in Beverly Hills on July 5.

    He used a Nikon Df.

    Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California and California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or tag your photos with #socalmoments or #californiamoments on Instagram and...

  • Women in science and engineering seek their own version of 'MacGyver' on TV
    Women in science and engineering seek their own version of 'MacGyver' on TV

    With an insane ability to turn random things like wine and lamp cords into tools, "MacGyver" inspired a generation of men to become tinkerers.

    Now, it just might be Mimi’s turn to spark a generation of women.

    Beth Keser, a principal engineer at Qualcomm in San Diego, sure hopes so. Keser was among...

  • Dancer Mark Ballas executes some moves with Mid-Wilshire sale and Beverly Crest buy
    Dancer Mark Ballas executes some moves with Mid-Wilshire sale and Beverly Crest buy

    Mark Ballas, a professional dancer and regular on “Dancing With the Stars,” appears to know his way around a real estate transaction as well as the dance floor.

    The choreographer-singer-songwriter parted with his longtime Mid-Wilshire condo in late May for $840,000 and now has picked up a single-family...

  • Bob Hope estate saga awaits a punchline
    Bob Hope estate saga awaits a punchline

    The Bob and Dolores Hope estate in Toluca Lake is now priced at $12 million — nearly half the previous $23 million asking price — and $15.5 million less than what it came on the market for in 2013.

    The English Traditional-style house was designed by Robert Finkelhor and built for the Hopes in 1939....

  • Home of the Day: Grand neoclassical estate in Beverly Hills for $39.5 million
    Home of the Day: Grand neoclassical estate in Beverly Hills for $39.5 million

    Set behind separate gated entries and privacy hedges, this neoclassical-style mansion on an acre in Beverly Hills stands tall with nine bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in more than 20,400 square feet of space. Massive front doors open to a circling two-story foyer topped by a chandelier and skylight.

    ...

  • Home of the Day: Grand neoclassical estate in Beverly Hills for $39.5 million
    Home of the Day: Grand neoclassical estate in Beverly Hills for $39.5 million

    Listed for $39.5 million, the neoclassical-style mansion has nine bedrooms, grand formal rooms, a theater and 12 bathrooms in more than 20,400 square feet of space.

  • 1920s Italianate estate in Beverly Hills
    1920s Italianate estate in Beverly Hills

    Formal hedges, manicured gardens and fountains bring a sense of decorum to this 1920s Italianate estate. A grand foyer with stenciled wood flooring, a library with a bar and wainscoting are among features of the main house.

    Location: 721 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills 90210

    Asking price: $11.5...

  • Donald Trump defends his message, even in liberal Los Angeles
    Donald Trump defends his message, even in liberal Los Angeles

    Donald Trump brought his Republican presidential campaign to Los Angeles on Friday, unrepentant over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants that have drawn national ire and pushback from businesses and fellow party members.

    At a news conference in Beverly Hills, Trump appeared alongside...

  • In L.A. to campaign, an unrepentant Trump predicts: 'I will win the Hispanic vote'
    In L.A. to campaign, an unrepentant Trump predicts: 'I will win the Hispanic vote'

    Donald Trump brought his Republican presidential campaign to Los Angeles on Friday, unrepentant over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants that have drawn national ire and pushback from businesses and fellow party members.

    At a news conference in Beverly Hills, Trump appeared alongside...

  • Man accused of scrawling graffiti against vaccine law in Beverly Hills

    Police in Beverly Hills arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of scrawling graffiti condemning California's new mandatory vaccine law, SB 277, in various locations around Los Angeles County.

    Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to reports of vandalism at the Beverly Hills Chamber of...

  • Beverly Hills Unified will pay $685,000 to settle ex-principal's suit
    Beverly Hills Unified will pay $685,000 to settle ex-principal's suit

    The Beverly Hills Unified School District will pay $685,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit filed last year by its former principal, according to a copy of the agreement.

    The settlement, reached last month, resolves a lawsuit by Carter Paysinger in which he alleged district officials...

  • Following Rory Culkin and 'Gabriel' on a fraught mission
    Following Rory Culkin and 'Gabriel' on a fraught mission

    In "Gabriel," Rory Culkin's titular character is a fidgety, touchy, determined young man eager for an independence and adult fulfillment that we gradually realize over the course of writer-director Lou Howe's debut feature he'll likely never have.

    A downbeat yet empathetic portrait of teenage mental...

  • Developers want to add a hotel to a planned condo complex in Beverly Hills
    Developers want to add a hotel to a planned condo complex in Beverly Hills

    The Chinese owners of a former department store site in Beverly Hills — long considered one of the region's most desirable development locations — are proposing to add a top-of-the-line hotel in their planned $1-billion condominium complex.

    Wanda Group, which bought the property at 9900 Wilshire...

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