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Home of the Day: Urban oasis in Century City

Designed to offer sanctuary in the heart of Century City, this Mediterranean-style villa is built around an open, tiled courtyard within a private, gated community. Classic architectural cues include arched doorways, wrought-iron details, wood floors and stone fireplaces. Contemporary light fixtures...

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  • Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers

    Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers

    Holiday shopping is not for wimps. Given that it's among the most strenuous and exacting activities on the planet, you, the one staring with glazed eyes at a very long list, will need sustenance. Sometimes a quick bite is all that's needed. Other times you'll want to put those bags down beside...

  • Vending machines going gourmet for upscale customers

    Vending machines going gourmet for upscale customers

    At Hollywood & Highland Center, mere steps from Hollywood Boulevard's souvenir-hawking dives, tourists can drop up to $1,000 on fine caviar. But they aren't pampered with white-glove service. Tins of the delicacy are dispensed at the tap of a button — from a vending machine. After decades of serving...

  • Events: Tanabata tasting, Food GPS Rib Fest, Terroni World Cup, Low Country Boil

    Events: Tanabata tasting, Food GPS Rib Fest, Terroni World Cup, Low Country Boil

    Hinoki & the Bird will celebrate the Japanese tradition of the Tanabata star festival through the month of July. Tanabata is a Japanese tradition that takes place on the seventh day of the seventh month of the year when two stars that representing two deities, usually separated by the Milky Way,...

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  • Is Flipagram Los Angeles' latest breakout app start-up?

    Is Flipagram Los Angeles' latest breakout app start-up?

    Snapchat, Tinder and Whisper get rattled off in the Los Angeles technology community as the area’s biggest app start-ups. From there, it’s trickier deciding who else belongs. Now Flipagram is making a strong case that it does. The video-sharing app company disclosed Thursday that it raised $70...

  • Tasting of the Week: Wally's Napa/Sonoma All-Stars on Sunday

    Tasting of the Week: Wally's Napa/Sonoma All-Stars on Sunday

    Sunday afternoon is reserved for the annual Wally's Napa/Sonoma All-Stars Wine Tasting at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. This is the chance to taste wines from nearly 150 top California wineries. Most have their winemakers or owners in attendance, not always a given at wine...

  • 'Sink or Swim': L.A. photo show looks at how design responds to disaster

    'Sink or Swim': L.A. photo show looks at how design responds to disaster

    Rising tides. Regular floods. Torrential rains. Not to mention the occasional tsunami that can wreak havoc across continents. Roughly 44% of the human population lives within 93 miles of a coast, according to the United Nations Atlas of the Oceans. This represents more people than inhabited the...

  • Easter brunch dining guide, and a Spago Passover seder

    Easter brunch dining guide, and a Spago Passover seder

    Somehow New Year's Eve turned into Valentine's Day, and St. Patrick's Day was a fleeting blur of green. Now it's almost Easter. It's time for Peeps, Cadbury eggs, egg hunts and Easter brunch plans. Here are some restaurants around town with Easter brunch specials.  Abigaile: The Hermosa Beach restaurant...

  • Obama's budget includes windfall for L.A. transportation

    Obama's budget includes windfall for L.A. transportation

    The budget proposal unveiled by President Obama on Monday earmarks more than $1 billion for California transportation and construction projects, including $330 million that Los Angeles officials called crucial to extending the Purple Line from the Mid-City area to Century City. Overall, Obama would...

  • 'The Duke of Burgundy' a mesmerizing sexual thriller

    As he demonstrated in "Berberian Sound Studio," Peter Strickland is a talented sculptor of cinematic mood and a serious fan of vintage European exploitation flicks. "The Duke of Burgundy," his Sapphic tale of domination and submission, is nothing if not a mood piece, but amid its atmospherics and...

  • Datebook: Videos about secrets, photography about rising tides
    Datebook: Videos about secrets, photography about rising tides

    Visceral video pieces about secrets, a show devoted to the ways in which man is contending with rising seas, and a photographer who takes on L.A.’s bus system. Plus: an anniversary show and a video about hallways. It’s all happening in L.A. and beyond:

    Gillian Wearing, “Everyone,” at Regen Projects....

  • 'Tracks' photographer Rick Smolan's parallel journey across outback
    'Tracks' photographer Rick Smolan's parallel journey across outback

    Rick Smolan's photos of Robyn Davidson's 1977 journey across Australia — re-created in the new film 'Tracks — are the subject of an exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography, 'Inside Tracks.'

  • CHP motorcycle officer injured in collision with FedEx van
    CHP motorcycle officer injured in collision with FedEx van

    A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer was injured Monday in an apparent collision with a FedEx van, officials said.

    CHP officials said they did not know the extent of the officer's injuries suffered in the collision at Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park East. The crash occurred about...

  • City Chic brings new options for plus-sizes to L.A.
    City Chic brings new options for plus-sizes to L.A.

    City Chic, an Australia-based seller of plus-size women's clothing, has opened its first Southern California store -- which is also its first in the U.S. -- in Culver City. And there are more to come.

    The Culver City boutique, in the Westfield Culver City mall at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., opened Aug....

  • Condo parking structure partially collapses in Century City
    Condo parking structure partially collapses in Century City

    A section of a large parking garage collapsed in Century City on Friday morning, apparently caused by the storage of too much dirt and rocks on its roof for a landscaping project, officials said.

    No one was injured in the partial collapse that occurred about 7:30 a.m., but five cars were damaged,...

  • Garcetti accepts homelessness challenge during Michelle Obama's visit
    Garcetti accepts homelessness challenge during Michelle Obama's visit

    Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday took up the Obama administration's challenge to end homelessness among veterans in Los Angeles in the next 17 months, saying he will not accept that "veterans live in our city without a place of their own."

    Garcetti made the pledge during an appearance in Century...

  • $300-million residential high-rise underway near Century City
    $300-million residential high-rise underway near Century City

    Work is finally underway on a long-delayed $300-million residential skyscraper on a prime parcel at the gateway to Century City and Beverly Hills.

    The 39-story apartment tower is being built by Miami developer Crescent Heights at 10000 Santa Monica Blvd. years after a high-profile struggle for...

  • At L.A. stop on book tour, Clinton foresees 'more adventures' ahead
    At L.A. stop on book tour, Clinton foresees 'more adventures' ahead

    Her day in Los Angeles had all the trappings of a prelude to a 2016 run for president, and Hillary Rodham Clinton saw no need to pretend otherwise.

    "I think we have a few more adventures still ahead," she told a packed hotel ballroom in Century City on Thursday night.

    The occasion was Clinton’s...

  • Do all roads to Century City's future lead to more traffic?
    Do all roads to Century City's future lead to more traffic?

    Before developers could build Century City's first skyscraper, they had to scrape away vestiges of 20th Century Fox's back lot.

    Steel-jawed machines ripped apart Peyton Place and the village where Jennifer Jones portrayed a French peasant in 1943's "The Song of Bernadette." Bulldozers dismantled...

  • Selena Gomez giving up her starter home in the Valley
    Selena Gomez giving up her starter home in the Valley

    Selena Gomez, the 21-year-old pop star and actress, has listed her house in Tarzana for sale at $3.495 million.

    The neo-traditional home sits on a flat acre behind gates. A blue stone patio with a fountain leads to the bay-window flanked red front door, which opens to a high-ceiling entry. The...

  • Annenberg Space for Photography show frames country music in new light
    Annenberg Space for Photography show frames country music in new light

    Annenberg Space for Photography photo exhibit of country artists includes Mother Maybelle Carter, Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert.

  • President Obama honored for human rights stands at Shoah gala
    President Obama honored for human rights stands at Shoah gala

    The event: You knew you were in L.A. at the Ambassadors for Humanity Gala, which celebrated the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th anniversary and honored President Obama for his commitment to human rights.

    Celebrity guests and entertainment industry heavyweights were out in force in support of the foundation,...

  • Mike Dunleavy Sr. sells Century City condo for nearly $7 million
    Mike Dunleavy Sr. sells Century City condo for nearly $7 million

    Mike Dunleavy Sr. may have acted too soon when he sold his Century City condo last month for $6.95 million. He may want a place in proximity to Staples Center, the airport and the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.

    The retired NBA player and former Lakers and Clippers coach is a likely name on...

  • L.A. drivers take to Twitter to complain of #ObamaJam traffic
    L.A. drivers take to Twitter to complain of #ObamaJam traffic

    Los Angeles police said Wednesday evening that rush-hour traffic was delayed on the Westside as President Obama's motorcade maneuvered along several major thoroughfares that had been shut down.

    The president arrived at Los Angeles International Airport around 4:30 p.m. He left LAX in his Marine...

  • Major streets on Westside to close for Obama visit Wednesday
    Major streets on Westside to close for Obama visit Wednesday

    The rush-hour commute on Los Angeles' Westside could be worse than normal Wednesday because major streets will be closed for a visit by President Obama.

    The president will be attending a gala at the USC Shoah Foundation, according to the organization's website. Institute founder and USC trustee...

  • Cinco de Mayo 2014: A quesadilla-bun burger plus more food and drink specials
    Cinco de Mayo 2014: A quesadilla-bun burger plus more food and drink specials

    If you're looking to get your drink on for Cinco de Mayo, here are some places around town with food and drink specials. 

    Amor y Tacos is starting Mole Mondays on Monday with a special menu of $5 mole wings, mole tots, foot-long downtown L.A. dogs, Patron shots and Mexican beer. For dessert, mole...

  • California economy helps Asian American banks become analyst top picks
    California economy helps Asian American banks become analyst top picks

    California's immigrant-heavy economy looks strong through the lens of regional bank results, with two of Los Angeles' many Asian American banks near the top of analysts' national lists of bank stocks that investors should buy.

    According to financial information provider SNL Financial, BBCN Bancorp...

  • Celebrate spring with a bunny hop for adults, Easter egg hunts and more
    Celebrate spring with a bunny hop for adults, Easter egg hunts and more

    Is it just us, or are you also surprised to wake up and find that it's April already? And that Easter is just around the corner? Yep, it's true, and here are a few events to celebrate the season. If you know of other Easter, Passover and spring events, please share 'em in the comments section below.

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  • L.A. investment bank Moelis & Co. files for IPO
    L.A. investment bank Moelis & Co. files for IPO

    Moelis & Co., a boutique Los Angeles investment bank, filed for an initial public offering, seeking to capitalize on the soaring stock market and a recent pickup in corporate mergers.

    The firm was founded in 2007 by Ken Moelis, a longtime Southern California investment banker. The Century City-based...

  • Start fighting now: Daily Meal's new best restaurant list is out
    Start fighting now: Daily Meal's new best restaurant list is out

    If you want to start an argument, make a “best-of” list. If you want to start a big argument, make it a long one. The food website Daily Meal came out with its fourth annual rating of restaurants in America this morning. Let the discussions begin.

    The "101 Best Restaurants in America," selected...

  • Three restaurants in the L.A. with smoking good food
    Three restaurants in the L.A. with smoking good food

  • Spoiler alert: Josh Flagg of 'Million Dollar Listing' sells his condo
    Spoiler alert: Josh Flagg of 'Million Dollar Listing' sells his condo

    It’s time for some real-life “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.” Spoiler alert: Agent/reality star Josh Flagg has sold his Century City-area condo.

    The 1,601-square-foot, 17th-story unit is in the I.M Pei-designed Century Towers. Building features include a doorman, concierge, valet parking,...

  • Century City tower site runs into quake fault questions
    Century City tower site runs into quake fault questions

    Los Angeles approved a residential tower without a fault review. But an MTA study suggests the site might lie over an active fault.

  • Gap x GQ Best New Menswear Designers collection drops Tuesday
    Gap x GQ Best New Menswear Designers collection drops Tuesday

    The Gap's limited-edition capsule collection with GQ magazine's 2013 best new menswear designers in America -- including Venice-based Paige Mycoskie of Aviator Nation fame -- is set to hit shelves Tuesday, Sept. 24.

    The collection, which includes apparel (think oxfords, chambray shirts, utility...

  • L.A. City Council members, activists call for ban on 'fracking'
    L.A. City Council members, activists call for ban on 'fracking'

    The environmental risks of "fracking," or fracturing underground rock formations to reach oil reserves, are too great and should be banned, two Los Angeles City Council members said Wednesday.

    Oil companies in recent years have used fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field between Baldwin Hills and...

  • Michael Voltaggio appearance, Beverly Hills wine and food fest, Deborah Madison at Chino Farm
    Michael Voltaggio appearance, Beverly Hills wine and food fest, Deborah Madison at Chino Farm

    Michael Voltaggio will make an appearance at the Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center in Studio City Sept. 7 for a book signing and cooking demonstration. The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a cooking demonstration at 1:30 p.m. and a book signing at 3:30 p.m., and will also...

  • DIY: Give your tired boat shoes a new lace on life
    DIY: Give your tired boat shoes a new lace on life

    Customizing your kicks with colored laces is hardly a new concept -- the sneaker crowd has been upping the flair factor that way for decades now -- but there's something about the way the boat shoe's design that's always made a catch-and-relace project seem downright daunting. 

    At least that's...

  • PacWest to acquire CapitalSource in $2.3-billion L.A. bank merger
    PacWest to acquire CapitalSource in $2.3-billion L.A. bank merger

    Building a regional banking franchise, the parent company of Pacific Western Bank has agreed to pay $2.3 billion in cash and stock for commercial lender CapitalSource Inc., more than doubling its asset size and bringing its number of branches to 96 in 14 California counties.

    The merger of the two...

  • Live like Candy Spelling -- for less, in less

    The "other" penthouse at the Century, a 42-story, star-studded tower where celebrity buyers include Candy Spelling, has come on the market in Century City at $15.5 million.

    The furnished penthouse features a great room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms, four...

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    TopLine gets $25 million to launch short-term fantasy game platform

    Taking an aggressive swing at the growing short-term fantasy sports market, a New York-based venture capital fund dropped $25 million into a fledgling Los Angeles start-up this week.

    TopLine Game Labs, which is hunting for a permanent office space in west Los Angeles, hopes to release a weekly...

  • Sale of AIG's ILFC unit to Chinese investors hits a snag
    Sale of AIG's ILFC unit to Chinese investors hits a snag

    AIG now has the right to terminate the agreement to sell its International Lease Finance Corp. because a deposit payment was not received on schedule.

  • Hinoki & the Bird info

    David Myers returns to fine dining, inspired by — what else? — Japan.

    LOCATION

    10 W. Century Drive, Century City, (310) 552-1200, hinokiandthebird.com

    PRICES

    Snacks, $6-$15; small plates, $11-$25; grilled dishes, $21-$38; vegetables, $5-$12; desserts, $4-$8.

    DETAILS

    Open 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays to...

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