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  • Jamaica Crist of Jamaica's Cakes likes a good Girl Scout cookie too

    Jamaica Crist of Jamaica's Cakes likes a good Girl Scout cookie too

    Jamaica Crist, owner of Jamaica's Cakes in West Los Angeles, isn't from Jamaica, and she doesn't make Jamaican-style desserts either — despite the countless customers who walk in expecting banana fritters or cornmeal pudding. Crist actually grew up on a farm in Oregon and started her baking career...

  • Wacky fusion burgers, smothered fries and boba milk tea at Bachi Burger

    Wacky fusion burgers, smothered fries and boba milk tea at Bachi Burger

    Name of restaurant: Bachi Burger. It's meant to refer to both a Japanese habachi grill, and "bachi," which can refer to karma in Japanese.  Concept: It's a Las Vegas burger joint that recently opened Southern California outlets on Sawtelle Boulevard and in Old Town Pasadena. The restaurant is known...

  • Like pickled dishes? Here are some tangy dishes to savor around L.A.

    Like pickled dishes? Here are some tangy dishes to savor around L.A.

    Whether it's Indian achaar or Japanese nukazuke, pickles of all varieties are featured on menus around the city, and not just as side dishes. What was once used as a necessary form of preservation is now a way for chefs to playfully showcase their seasonal ingredients. The pickle plate began appearing...

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  • Plan Check is throwing a Gudetama party, and Hello Kitty isn't invited
    Plan Check is throwing a Gudetama party, and Hello Kitty isn't invited

    Hello Kitty gets all the glory. The not-exactly-a-cat Sanrio character has captured hearts around the world, but what about Gudetama? Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is showing some love to the new guy with a special Gudetama menu. He is an egg after all; a lazy, unmotivated egg, but an egg nonetheless....

  • 'Awake & Sing!' at Odyssey Theatre: A sensation is back, fiery as ever
    'Awake & Sing!' at Odyssey Theatre: A sensation is back, fiery as ever

    About 20 years ago director Elina de Santos helmed a landmark production of “Awake &  Sing!” that ran for nine months to sellout houses at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A.

    Now De Santos revisits Clifford Odets’ Depression-era classic, once again at the Odyssey. And while Odets’ fervently polemical...

  • Two brothers accused of using West L.A. pharmacy as front for drug trafficking
    Two brothers accused of using West L.A. pharmacy as front for drug trafficking

    The storefront pharmacy off Santa Monica Boulevard didn’t seem like an average West L.A. drug store.Customers rarely if ever showed up to fill prescriptions, federal authorities say. There were no over-the-counter products for sale. And Global Compounding Pharmacy reported filling only 30 prescriptions...

  • After 18 years, Sal Marino to close his Italian restaurant Il Grano
    After 18 years, Sal Marino to close his Italian restaurant Il Grano

    After 18 years, Sal Marino is closing his fine-dining Italian restaurant, Il Grano.

    The son of the late Ciro "Mario" Marino, who opened Marino Ristorante down the street from Paramount Studios in 1983, Sal Marino stepped away from old-school Italian cooking when he opened Il Grano in 1997. With...

  • Maurice Pialat retrospective in L.A. shows French director's influence
    Maurice Pialat retrospective in L.A. shows French director's influence

    When Maurice Pialat's film "Under the Sun of Satan" won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1987, the crowd at the Palais des Festivals reportedly was so upset, it responded with boos and catcalls.

    The filmmaker reciprocated by chastising them, "If you don't like me, I can tell you that I don't like you...

  • Churros and Nutella from a food truck. Need we say more?
    Churros and Nutella from a food truck. Need we say more?

    There is a food truck called Churros Calientes, and it's roaming the streets of Los Angeles serving hot churros and Nutella to the masses.

    The thought of a truck full of sugar-coated fritters and chocolate hazelnut spread may sound like the stuff dreams are made of. But it does exist. It's bright...

  • Doug Aitken explains how 'Station to Station' became 62 one-minute films, rolled into one
    Doug Aitken explains how 'Station to Station' became 62 one-minute films, rolled into one

    One train. Ten public cultural happenings. About 4,000 miles of countryside and cityscape.

    Not to mention a whole lot of art and music created along the way.

    Visual artist Doug Aitken took to the rails in September 2013 and staged an interactive, roving art show, “Station to Station.”

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  • State attorney general files charges against judge accused of firing at officer

    The state attorney general's office has filed a felony assault charge against a retired Los Angeles County judge who police say opened fire on an officer during a standoff at his home in June.

    James A. Bascue, 75, who was a top gang prosecutor in L.A. County before becoming a judge, was charged...

  • Inconsistent tone, uneven direction plague 'Off the King's Road'
    Inconsistent tone, uneven direction plague 'Off the King's Road'

    There’s a large gap between the offbeat and the twee. Playwright Neil Koenigsberg stumbles into that divide in the West Coast premiere of “Off the King’s Road,” a guest production at the Odyssey.

    The play revolves around Matt Browne (Tom Bower), a recent widower who has returned to his favorite...

  • Stick with 'La Sapienza'; it'll teach you to look up
    Stick with 'La Sapienza'; it'll teach you to look up

    On the surface, writer-director Eugène Green's film "La Sapienza" is slow, strange and awkward — but stick with it and it may win you over.

    The film follows the struggles of French architect Alexandre (Fabrizio Rongione) and his wife, Alienor (Christelle Prot). The two are alienated from each other...

  • L.A. kids menus that don't suck: Think burrata flatbread, not pizza
    L.A. kids menus that don't suck: Think burrata flatbread, not pizza

    Your kids deserve more than dry, fried chicken strips and ketchup, a cheeseburger and watery mac 'n' cheese. And in your quest to find a kids menu that doubles as a coloring book, you shouldn't be forced to eat UFO-saucer-sized plates of red sauce spaghetti and bricks of onion rings. 

    You can be...

  • Sick diners who took to Yelp file salmonella lawsuit against Mexican restaurant
    Sick diners who took to Yelp file salmonella lawsuit against Mexican restaurant

    It took an online village for people to get the word out about getting sick — very sick — after eating at Don Antonio’s, a popular West Los Angeles Mexican restaurant, in March.

    Customers who came down with salmonella poisoning took to Yelp to warn others about the family-owned West Pico Boulevard...

  • Letting iconic Mormon temple lawn die was a 'difficult decision'
    Letting iconic Mormon temple lawn die was a 'difficult decision'

    By not watering the landmark hillside lawn outside its Westwood temple, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is allowing 98,000 square feet of grass to go brown because of the drought, church officials said Monday.

    Church gardeners stopped watering the palatial temple’s expansive lawn...

  • Bar10 opens Friday with cocktails and drunken mac 'n' cheese
    Bar10 opens Friday with cocktails and drunken mac 'n' cheese

    While some bars are trying to expand their cocktail menus, Bar10 is keeping things simple. 

    At the new cocktail-focused bar and restaurant, opening Friday in West Hollywood, there are only 10 cocktails on the menu.  Each drink is made by one of the restaurant's bartenders, or owner Daniel Cammarata....

  • In 'Sunset Baby,' a reunion sets the stage for rage
    In 'Sunset Baby,' a reunion sets the stage for rage

    Playwright Dominique Morisseau displays plenty of fire in “Sunset Baby,” her heartfelt but undisciplined drama now in its West Coast premiere at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.

    A melodramatic mélange, the play vacillates between the riveting and the random – and the result can frustrate as often...

  • Actors quit L.A. 'Ferguson' play, question writer's motives
    Actors quit L.A. 'Ferguson' play, question writer's motives

    Veteran actor Philip Casnoff hadn't read the full script yet when he arrived for the first rehearsal of "Ferguson," a play chronicling the shooting of Michael Brown by a Missouri police officer.

    Casnoff thought he knew what the play, set for a four-day staged reading starting Sunday at the Odyssey...

  • Shake Shack will open in West Hollywood next year
    Shake Shack will open in West Hollywood next year

    Shake Shack, the New York City burger joint often referred to as the In-N-Out of the East, will open in West Hollywood next year. The company announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday morning.

    The restaurant, with its cult-like following, is known for serving rich frozen custards, cheeseburgers...

  • 'Getting Straight' gets a 45th anniversary screening in L.A.
    'Getting Straight' gets a 45th anniversary screening in L.A.

    Just nine days after the 1970 National Guard shootings at Kent State University in Ohio had left four students dead and nine injured during a Vietnam War protest, Columbia Pictures released "Getting Straight," a counterculture comedy-drama exploring campus rebellion, unrest and the sexual revolution.

    ...

  • City Beat: Senior actors tell scams to scram
    City Beat: Senior actors tell scams to scram

    The actors in the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program have a message for those who wish to defraud the elderly. Just because they're old, they say, doesn't mean they're not sharp. They can fight back if they know how to recognize a con artist. That's the aim of the Stop Senior Scams actors' show,...

  • 'Ferguson' play: Michael Brown shooting staged with grand jury testimony
    'Ferguson' play: Michael Brown shooting staged with grand jury testimony

    Actual grand jury testimony from the Michael Brown case lays the groundwork for the new play "Ferguson," written by journalist and documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer and to be presented by Theatre Verite Collective in Los Angeles in late April.

    The play, a guest production of Odyssey Theatre,...

  • L.A. is carried away on impounding vehicles, suit says
    L.A. is carried away on impounding vehicles, suit says

    Last year, Los Angeles authorities towed and impounded 4,539 motor vehicles for violating the city's 72-hour time limit for parking in the same spot. One of them was a 1999 Toyota Sienna belonging to attorney J. David Sackman and his wife, Jerolyn.

    That action has landed the city in federal court.

    ...

  • In 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,' unhappy and unequal
    In 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,' unhappy and unequal

    Disturbing and shocking, "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" is a fiction about an unimaginable fact of life in present-day Israel. The divorce-centered drama is so provocative it's become a lightning rod for debate inside the country. Even watching from a distance is unnerving.

    For all intents...

  • Soap opera actress struck by car after Westside collision
    Soap opera actress struck by car after Westside collision

    An actress on "The Bold and the Beautiful" was struck Monday afternoon by a car that drove onto a Westside sidewalk after a collision, police said.

    Linsey Godfrey -- best known as Caroline Spencer Forrester on the CBS soap opera -- was taken to a hospital after the car drove onto a sidewalk at...

  • Mormon Church's shift on gay rights follows series of defeats in California
    Mormon Church's shift on gay rights follows series of defeats in California

    The pledge Tuesday by the Mormon Church to oppose housing and job discrimination against gays follows years of piercing church losses in California over gay rights, including one last week.

    The church opposed a new rule to bar California judges from becoming leaders in the Boy Scouts of America...

  • West L.A., be aware: Joe Biden visit mucking up traffic today
    West L.A., be aware: Joe Biden visit mucking up traffic today

    Commuters should brace themselves for a series of traffic delays and street closures Friday as Vice President Joe Biden embarks on the second day of his three-day visit to Southern California.

    He is expected to visit West Los Angeles College on Friday, where he will participate in a roundtable...

  • 'Winter Sleep' haunting portrait of one man's crumbling world
    'Winter Sleep' haunting portrait of one man's crumbling world

    "Winter Sleep," the drama from acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, requires, like the snowfall that blankets a village in Cappadocia, where this story unfolds, that you settle in for a while. Three hours, 16 minutes to be precise.

    And Ceylan is precise. There are no wasted moments as...

  • 'Silent Witnesses' meets tales of horror with a quiet love
    'Silent Witnesses' meets tales of horror with a quiet love

    "Silent Witnesses," a modest and compassionate solo work written and performed by Stephanie Satie at the Odyssey Theatre, is based on interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust.

    On a darkened and mostly bare stage, Satie portrays a group of women whose peaceful childhoods...

  • 'American Sniper' billboard defaced with word 'Murder!'
    'American Sniper' billboard defaced with word 'Murder!'

    A West Los Angeles billboard for the movie “American Sniper” was vandalized with the word “murder” as a nasty hero-versus-villain battle waged on social media. Los Angeles police say the billboard at Wilshire Boulevard and Bundy Drive is now covered, but at one point the movie ad displayed the...

  • Westside shooting suspect surrenders after overnight standoff, LAPD says

    A man who barricaded himself overnight in his West Los Angeles apartment after firing shots into the air has surrendered, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said Sunday.

    Officer James Richter said the man, whose identity has not yet been released, was taken into custody at 7:17 a.m. after...

  • 'Art and Craft': The life and times of Mark Landis, devoted art imitator
    'Art and Craft': The life and times of Mark Landis, devoted art imitator

    On the surface, Mark Landis might not seem like the sort of person who would make for cinematic gold. The man is pushing 60. He is slight and pale, with a bald pate and prominent ears. He shuffles more than he walks and talks in a high-pitched whisper (think: Philip Seymour Hoffman channeling Truman...

  • Suspension proposed for L.A. attorney over doctored celebrity photos
    Suspension proposed for L.A. attorney over doctored celebrity photos

    A Los Angeles attorney faces a possible six-month suspension for posting doctored photos on her firm's website that implied she mingled with high-profile politicians and celebrities, including President Obama, George Clooney and Kim Kardashian.

    The photos -- more than 50 -- are published on lawyer...

  • Denny Miller dies at 80; actor played lead in 'Tarzan the Ape Man'
    Denny Miller dies at 80; actor played lead in 'Tarzan the Ape Man'

    Denny Miller, a noted UCLA basketball player in the 1950s who dropped the sport to play the title role in the 1959 movie "Tarzan the Ape Man" and went on to appear in "Wagon Train" and numerous other TV shows, died Tuesday at home in Las Vegas. He was 80.

    The cause was ALS, said his wife, Nancy.

    ...

  • 'O'Neill's Ghosts' haunt Odyssey Theatre
    'O'Neill's Ghosts' haunt Odyssey Theatre

    To likely audiences for “O’Neill’s Ghosts,” the late Jovanka Bach’s biographically-based drama about playwright Eugene O’Neill, it shouldn’t come as any great surprise that her subject had plenty of them — two failed marriages, a disowned daughter and two suicidal sons indicate a man haunted by...

  • 'Levitated Mass,' Doug Pray's rock doc on LACMA's epic boulder
    'Levitated Mass,' Doug Pray's rock doc on LACMA's epic boulder

    If you were in Los Angeles in the spring of 2012, there seemed to be talk about one thing and one thing only: the rock. That was the informal name for "Levitated Mass," the 340-ton boulder that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) spent 10 days and more than $10 million carting from a Riverside...

  • Google, Barnes & Noble team up for same-day book deliveries
    Google, Barnes & Noble team up for same-day book deliveries

    Google and Barnes & Noble, taking on their mutual rival Amazon.com, have paired up to offer same-day delivery of books purchased online.

    The service -- initially limited to three communities -- launched Thursday as part of Google Shopping Express, which allows customers to purchase products from...

  • 'Broadway Bound' ventures boldly but shakily down memory lane
    'Broadway Bound' ventures boldly but shakily down memory lane

    The years have not been kind to “Broadway Bound.”  First produced on Broadway in the mid-1980s, Neil Simon's Tony-nominated, Pulitzer-finalist play shows serious flaws in its current revival at the Odyssey.

    Following “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues,” the play is the final offering in...

  • Barolo lovers, this tasting is for you: Luca Currado of Vietti at Wine House
    Barolo lovers, this tasting is for you: Luca Currado of Vietti at Wine House

    When learning about wine and especially about an unfamiliar or even a beloved region, a winemaker can give much-needed perspective. This Friday at 8:15 p.m., lovers of Nebbiolo and Piedmontese wines from northern Italy will get to hear what Barolo producer Luca Currado of Vietti has to say about...

  • 'The Way You Look Tonight' at the Odyssey Theatre
    'The Way You Look Tonight' at the Odyssey Theatre

    A divorced couple and their new partners meet for a dinner that shakes up their lives in Peter Lefcourt’s romantic comedy “The Way You Look Tonight,” premiering at the Odyssey Theater under the direction of Terri Hanauer.

    Teddy (Robb Derringer) and Esme (Robin Riker) haven’t seen one another in...

  • Spark Networks continues to seek turnaround after board breakup
    Spark Networks continues to seek turnaround after board breakup

    Maybe breaking up isn't so hard to do.

    Shareholders of Spark Networks Inc., the owner of several online personals sites such as JDate.com and ChristianMingle.com, recently replaced four of its six directors with a slate backed by an activist investor.

    One of those booted from the board was Chief...

  • DineL.A. restaurant week: Where to get the best bang for your buck
    DineL.A. restaurant week: Where to get the best bang for your buck

    DineL.A., the two-week Los Angeles restaurant tasting event, is happening July 14 to 27. Eateries around the city are offering special, prix-fixe menus designed to give diners a taste at a discounted price. 

    Those in the know use DineL.A. as an opportunity to try all the restaurants on their bucket...

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti took a low-risk approach in his first year
    Mayor Eric Garcetti took a low-risk approach in his first year

    Mayor Eric Garcetti's appearance last fall at an auditorium across the street from Los Angeles City Hall drew scant attention. It was a gathering of watershed protection specialists, and he'd come with an ardent appeal: Join him the following week at a federal hearing on the L.A. River.

    The U.S....

  • Alleged Sandra Bullock stalker pleads not guilty to gun charges
    Alleged Sandra Bullock stalker pleads not guilty to gun charges

    A man accused of stalking actress Sandra Bullock has pleaded not guilty to new charges that he possessed an arsenal of weapons at his Montrose home, officials said.

    Joshua James Corbett, 39, who is charged with breaking into the Oscar-winning star's house, also faces more than a dozen felony counts...

  • DA: Sandra Bullock stalker had an 'arsenal of weapons,' machine guns
    DA: Sandra Bullock stalker had an 'arsenal of weapons,' machine guns

    The suspect in a home-intruder case involving actress Sandra Bullock was charged Wednesday with possessing an arsenal of weapons, including several machine guns, prosecutors said.

    Authorities said numerous weapons were discovered inside the Montrose home of Joshua James Corbett, 39, who is suspected...

  • Boys' basketball: Windward to make summer debut in Maranatha tournament

    L.A. Windward, under a new coach, Steve Smith, will make its summer debut this week in the Maranatha tounament.

    The Wildcats return all their top players from last year's team and have added some quality freshmen.

    Monday's schedule: Burroughs vs. Cathedral, 12:30 p.m.; Mark Keppel vs. El Segundo,...

  • 'The Human Spirit' a history lesson at Odyssey Theatre
    'The Human Spirit' a history lesson at Odyssey Theatre

    The grim aftershocks of South Africa’s racist apartheid regime will be with us for some time to come, which makes the cautionary social relevance of Carole Eglash-Kosoff’s docudrama “The Human Spirit” beyond question. Nevertheless, this guest production at the Odyssey Theatre proves more history...

  • Suspect in Sandra Bullock case charged with stalking, having machine gun
    Suspect in Sandra Bullock case charged with stalking, having machine gun

    The suspect in a home-intruder case involving actress Sandra Bullock was charged Tuesday with breaking into the "Gravity" star's West L.A. home, stalking her and possessing a machine gun.

    Joshua James Corbett, 39, of Montrose appeared in a downtown L.A. courtroom Tuesday to face the charges, including...

  • Sandra Bullock gets emergency protective order after home break-in
    Sandra Bullock gets emergency protective order after home break-in

    An emergency protective order was issued Monday for actress Sandra Bullock after a man broke into her West Los Angeles home, police said.

    The protective order is good for five days, after which Bullock must apply for a permanent restraining order with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, said...

  • Man found at Sandra Bullock's home is booked on suspicion of burglary
    Man found at Sandra Bullock's home is booked on suspicion of burglary

    The man arrested Sunday at the West Los Angeles house of actress Sandra Bullock has been booked on residential burglary.

    The man was identified by police as Joshua James Corbett, 39, of Glendale.

    He was arrested at 6:45 a.m., shortly after police were dispatched to the residence, according to Nuria...

  • Glendale man arrested on suspicion of residential burglary at Sandra Bullock's home

    The man arrested Sunday at the West Los Angeles house of actress Sandra Bullock has been booked on residential burglary.

    The man was identified by police as Joshua James Corbett, 39, of Glendale, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    He was arrested at 6:45 a.m., shortly after police were dispatched to...

  • National Doughnut Day: Free boozy doughnuts at STK, Krispy Kreme, more specials
    National Doughnut Day: Free boozy doughnuts at STK, Krispy Kreme, more specials

    Friday is National Doughnut Day, otherwise known as this week's excuse to skip your morning cereal and splurge on your favorite doughnut. And if you're feeling generous, maybe even buy a box for your coworkers. Just keep a few extras for yourself. 

    Here are some places around town with doughnut...

  • Events: 'The Science of Pie,' habanero eating contest, Golden Road at Plan Check, more
    Events: 'The Science of Pie,' habanero eating contest, Golden Road at Plan Check, more

    On Sunday, June 1, UCLA will be hold its annual "Scientific Bake-Off." Amy Rowat is heading up this event as part of her "Science and Food" course at UCLA. Students of Rowat will compete in an apple pie baking competition, using past analysis and experimentation to determine the best method to...

  • Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: Plan Check
    Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: Plan Check

  • It's hot out: 6 top spots for Taiwanese shaved ice
    It's hot out: 6 top spots for Taiwanese shaved ice

    Some call it snow cream, fluff ice, milk fluff or milk snow. In Taiwanese, it's xue hua bing, which literally translates to "snow flower" (a.k.a. snowflake) ice. Whatever you call it, you will rejoice at the cool surprise of Taiwanese shaved ice, especially on a scorching Southern California day....

  • Mayor, L.A. Unified announce citywide summer learning program
    Mayor, L.A. Unified announce citywide summer learning program

    As part of an effort to close what Mayor Eric Garcetti says is a skills gap in the Los Angeles workforce, officials announced a new summer program Tuesday to provide online and in-person classes to a wide range of young and older students.

    The Summer of Learning program, a collaboration between...

  • Chef of the Moment: Tri Nguyen takes over Tapenade, with big burgers and mini paella
    Chef of the Moment: Tri Nguyen takes over Tapenade, with big burgers and mini paella

    Tapenade restaurant in the Sawtelle area has a new executive chef: Tri Nguyen has succeeded Ressul Rassallat to head the California-Mediterranean kitchen. While attending San Francisco State, Nguyen worked at Hawthorne Lane and PlumpJack Cafe. Later he landed in the kitchens of Cafe Campagne in...

  • Family of man fatally shot by Long Beach police to file lawsuit
    Family of man fatally shot by Long Beach police to file lawsuit

    The family of a man shot to death by Long Beach police last month has taken the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, their attorney said Thursday.

    Jason Conoscenti, 36, was shot to death April 27 by Long Beach police officers. Cellphone video of the incident appears to show him fleeing...

  • An emotionally astute 'Delicate Balance' at the Odyssey
    An emotionally astute 'Delicate Balance' at the Odyssey

    Edward Albee's “A Delicate Balance,” which won the 1967 Pulitzer, was written at a time of unparalleled American preeminence and prosperity. That's reflected in its characters, well-to-do navel-gazers of the most self-indulgent stripe.

    As a period piece, “Balance” is a fascinating examination of...

  • 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...

  • Boys' basketball: University's Darnell Bettis signs with Hawaii Pacific

     Darnell Bettis, a second-team All-City guard from L.A. University, has signed with Hawaii Pacific. He averaged 14.5 points and 6.1 assists.

     

    Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

     

  • Review: The Odyssey's expressionistic 'White Marriage' is so 1970s
    Review: The Odyssey's expressionistic 'White Marriage' is so 1970s

    Apparently the Odyssey Theatre had a hit 35 years ago with Ron Sossi’s staging of “White Marriage,” a madcap, expressionistic 1975 sex romp by the avant-garde Polish writer Tadeusz Rózewicz.

    The Odyssey’s current revival of this play, while directed — again by Sossi — and acted with admirable frisky...

  • Dozens of Mezcal labels now line the shelves
    Dozens of Mezcal labels now line the shelves

    Stores have begun stocking the spirit, with some delving deeply into the once-uncommon drink.

  • 'Scandal' actor Columbus Short accused of punching man in nose
    'Scandal' actor Columbus Short accused of punching man in nose

    An actor on the hit TV show "Scandal" is accused of punching a man in the nose and knocking him out at a West L.A. restaurant.

    Columbus Keith Short, 31, was arrested Wednesday and prosecutors charged him with felony battery with serious bodily injury in the March 15 incident.

    Short sucker-punched...

  • Shriver takes fundraising lead in L.A. County supervisors race
    Shriver takes fundraising lead in L.A. County supervisors race

    The candidate collects nearly $848,000, including $300,000 from himself, while rival Sheila Kuehl raises about $628,000.

  • L.A. Marathon: Cyclists win a reprieve
    L.A. Marathon: Cyclists win a reprieve

    The Marathon Crash Race is officially canceled.

    But the "fun ride" is on.

    “The city really, really, really, really wanted me to get a permit,” said Don Ward, organizer of the bicycling group Wolfpack Hustle and the annual Marathon Crash Race. “So they worked really hard to get a permit – and as...

  • Restaurants for great rotisserie and fried chicken
    Restaurants for great rotisserie and fried chicken

  • Review: 'Lunchbox' a delectable take on the hunger for connection
    Review: 'Lunchbox' a delectable take on the hunger for connection

    Ritesh Batra's lovely debut feature, 'The Lunchbox,' mixes melancholy with sweetness in a case of mistaken delivery.

  • 'A Steady Rain' at the Odyssey
    'A Steady Rain' at the Odyssey

    First produced in 2007, Keith Huff’s “A Steady Rain,” made it all the way to Broadway by 2009. That record-breaking sellout starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

    Obviously, the play’s current outing at the Odyssey doesn’t have the same mega-wattage of the Broadway production. Still, even sans...

  • For the bourbon-obsessed, a 5-course dinner with the Van Winkles
    For the bourbon-obsessed, a 5-course dinner with the Van Winkles

    For bourbon enthusiasts sick of hearing their Barolo or California Cabernet-obsessed friends bragging about this or that wine dinner they’ve attended: a dinner with the Van Winkle line of prized whiskeys.

    The Wine House in West Los Angeles is hosting a special dinner featuring the Van Winkle series...

  • Review: Carousing away with 'Villon' at Odyssey Theatre
    Review: Carousing away with 'Villon' at Odyssey Theatre

    He may have been the superstar poet of 15th century France, but François Villon was also a drunken brawler, a bandit and a murderer — in short, a complicated guy who embodied the conflicted paths of art, morality and class warfare explored in the Padua Playwrights production of Murray Mednick’s...

  • Sal Marino, Mark Peel team up for early spring pop-up dinners at Il Grano
    Sal Marino, Mark Peel team up for early spring pop-up dinners at Il Grano

    Ready to have to make some tough choices? Mark Peel and Sal Marino have scheduled a series of early spring pop-up dinners for the end of February at Marino's Il Grano restaurant in West Los Angeles. And rather than a single set menu, each course has a couple of options. Choosing may be difficult.

    ...

  • The best of Sawtelle Boulevard
    The best of Sawtelle Boulevard

    The best food of Sawtelle Boulevard

  • Sharing the road with bicyclists — still a challenge for this car girl
    Sharing the road with bicyclists — still a challenge for this car girl

    I like to think I’ve learned a lot about what it’s like to be bicyclist on the streets of Los Angeles since this blog took up the RoadshareLA project (which you can find online and follow on twitter at #roadshareLA) last fall. I am still a die-hard, love-to-drive car girl — but an enlightened one:...

  • Quake danger: Lawmaker calls on state to boost funding for fault maps
    Quake danger: Lawmaker calls on state to boost funding for fault maps

    A state lawmaker Monday called on his colleagues to boost funding immediately to map known active earthquake faults, a safety measure that would keep new construction from being built atop or too close to dangerous faults. 

    "Allowing buildings that house large numbers of people to be built on or...

  • Their success in stationery was in the cards
    Their success in stationery was in the cards

    The gig: Chelsea Shukov, 36, and Jamie Grobecker, 34, are the co-founders and creative directors behind Sugar Paper Los Angeles, a stationery company whose simple but elegantly designed cards, invitations, calendars and wrapping paper are carried in more than 800 stores in the United States and...

  • 34 years after being wrongly convicted, a man savors his new freedom
    34 years after being wrongly convicted, a man savors his new freedom

    Kash Register has spent his first days out of prison getting reacquainted with family and a city he last saw when Jimmy Carter was president.

  • 'League of Legends' video game maker to move to West L.A.
    'League of Legends' video game maker to move to West L.A.

    Riot Games signs what is described as the biggest new office lease by square feet in Southern California in five years. It'll rent all 284,000 square feet of the Element LA office campus.

  • Westside bakery allegedly infested with rats, roosting pigeons
    Westside bakery allegedly infested with rats, roosting pigeons

    The owner of a Westside bakery has been charged with two dozen misdemeanor criminal counts for alleged health code violations that included allowing rats and pigeons to infest his business.

    Peter Plotitsa, 53, is accused of continuing to operate the Cake Collection after he was ordered in January...

  • L.A. high-rise fire: Residents recount neighbors' harrowing rescue
    L.A. high-rise fire: Residents recount neighbors' harrowing rescue

    Two residents of the Barrington Plaza apartments, where an 11th-floor fire last week sent black smoke billowing into the halls above, described their harrowing rescue of a man and his granddaughter after finding them trapped in a stairwell.

    Both residents, who live in separate apartments, told...

  • 28 great L.A. bakeries
    28 great L.A. bakeries

    Maybe it was the rise of kouign amann -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love.

    There's a bakery out there to suit any...

  • Some residents return home after West L.A. high-rise fire
    Some residents return home after West L.A. high-rise fire

    Some residents displaced by a high-rise apartment fire in West Los Angeles were allowed to return home Monday, fire officials said.

    Up to 150 residents on the seventh to 11th floors of the Barrington Plaza apartments have been sheltered elsewhere since Friday as the investigation continued and...

  • West L.A. high-rise fire leaves 125 displaced; others get to go home
    West L.A. high-rise fire leaves 125 displaced; others get to go home

    About 125 residents remained displaced Friday night after a fire in a West L.A. high-rise apartment building, officials said.

    The displaced lived in 51 units on the five floors most affected by the blaze, while other residents of the 25-story structure on Wilshire Boulevard were allowed to return...

  • Fire breaks out in West L.A. high-rise
    Fire breaks out in West L.A. high-rise

    More than 130 firefighters were battling a fire that broke out Friday in a high-rise in West Los Angeles, officials said.

    The fire was in an apartment on the 11th floor, officials said, and TV images showed flames and thick plumes of smoke shooting out of the side the building.

    Firefighters were...

  • Review: A chilling brush with Strindberg's 'Creditors'
    Review: A chilling brush with Strindberg's 'Creditors'

    David Greig, adapter-translator of August Strindberg’s “Creditors,” has commented that Strindberg’s acerbic classic is really “less of a play and more an almost demonic experiment on a set of three human lab rats.” 

    In David Trainer’s muscular staging at the Odyssey – a co-production of the Odyssey...

  • Four L.A. schools decline iPads in initial rollout
    Four L.A. schools decline iPads in initial rollout

    Four Los Angeles schools, scheduled to receive iPads in this first rollout of the tablets, have pulled out of the initial phase, saying they want to wait at least until security and other issues are resolved.

    The rejection apparently is temporary — the schools still want the tablet computers —...

  • DNA evidence leads to arrest in 1987 killing
    DNA evidence leads to arrest in 1987 killing

    A former professional boxer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder in the 1987 slaying of his manager, Los Angeles police said.

    An LAPD-FBI fugitive task force took Exum Speight, 50, into custody at his San Fernando home Wednesday morning, a day after an arrest warrant charging him with...

  • Chef of the Moment: Flores' Angela Hernandez and Rob Lawson -- he said, she said
    Chef of the Moment: Flores' Angela Hernandez and Rob Lawson -- he said, she said

    Husband-and-wife team Rob Lawson and Angela Hernandez are co-executive chefs at newly opened Flores, a 95-seat restaurant whose contemporary American cuisine with Spanish (espuma - a.k.a. foam) and Asian (wasabi aioli) tones stands out on izakaya-lined Sawtelle Boulevard. Lawson worked at Wolfgang...

  • Pebble smart watch
    Why smart watches might not be a hit among millennials

    Young adults tend to be early adopters of new technology. But as Samsung Electronics Co. gets ready to unveil its Gear smart watch next month, it could run into a barrier among young users who have grown up with time-telling smartphones in their pocket instead of watches around their wrists.

    “A...

  • Review: 'Local Fish' at Ernie Wolfe casts a wide, fun net
    Review: 'Local Fish' at Ernie Wolfe casts a wide, fun net

    “Local Fish: Piscatorial Perceptions” is all about fish: big ones and little ones, real and imagined, tasty and dangerous.

    The fun-filled exhibition, at Ernie Wolfe Gallery, is also about language: the fish stories we tell and the phrases we use, including “something’s fishy,” “he’s hooked,” “going...

  • Tapenade happy hour is serious about Brussels sprouts, lamb tacos and $4 wine
    Tapenade happy hour is serious about Brussels sprouts, lamb tacos and $4 wine

    If you've survived the gastro-pub movement that's swept through L.A. the last couple years, you may be familiar with a condition called Brussels sprout fatigue. Everyone's got them on the menu, and most are fried. Rest assured, we're all going through the same thing, but sometimes you try some...

  • Jonathan Gold's favorite Los Angeles burgers (not made in a lab)
    Jonathan Gold's favorite Los Angeles burgers (not made in a lab)

    The eyes of the world this week have been focused on what surely must be the most repulsive hamburger in the history of mankind: 10,000 bits of cloned cow stem-cell tissue formed into a patty, seared in foaming butter and served to three food scientists in front of a crowd of decidedly unhungry...

  • Freddy Smalls BBQ, Son of a Gun lunch, Local Hive at Cognoscenti Coffee, more
    Freddy Smalls BBQ, Son of a Gun lunch, Local Hive at Cognoscenti Coffee, more

    Freddy Smalls' Summertime Backyard BBQ takes place Aug. 18. in the West L.A. gastropub's back parking lot. It's $45 for an all-you-can-eat menu of beer-steamed Maryland blue crab, smoked Mary's chickens, grilled tri-tip with Texas toast and chimichurri, roasted pork shoulder tacos, grilled corn...

  • Jonathan Gold's favorite sushi restaurants
    Jonathan Gold's favorite sushi restaurants

    In summer, a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of sushi, possibly because the heat makes the thought of cooked food all but unbearable, but probably because the scents and brininess and marine richness of great sushi can make you feel at one with the sea, at least until you have to reach for...

  • Caffeine fix: The specialty coffee shops of L.A.
    Caffeine fix: The specialty coffee shops of L.A.

  • The ultimate sea urchin experience
    The ultimate sea urchin experience

    Not everybody appreciates sea urchin, but Fishing With Dynamite, Providence and Il Grano come through for those who do. Prepare for some intense sea funk.

  • Review: 'Ionescopade' juggles comedy, catastrophe at the Odyssey
    Review: 'Ionescopade' juggles comedy, catastrophe at the Odyssey

    Vaudevillian elements notwithstanding, the absurdist theater isn’t typically associated with slam-bang entertainment value.

    Based on the works of Eugene Ionesco, “Ionescopade” at the Odyssey brings slapstick firmly to the fore in a surprisingly light-hearted divertissement. Yet in fine Ionesco...

  • 'Ship them back,' says opponent of Senate immigration bill
    'Ship them back,' says opponent of Senate immigration bill

    Sharon Overholser knows what she would do with the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

    "Ship them back," she said Tuesday morning at a rally in front of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Sawtelle office. About 15 fellow demonstrators held signs reading "No Amnesty," "Support American Workers"...

  • Counter Intelligence: Plan Check, where food meets the future
    Counter Intelligence: Plan Check, where food meets the future

    Plan Check Kitchen and Bar has a modernist take on the classic burger, engineering it to a different level. Other items on the menu are a mix of good and bad.

  • Counter Intelligence: Shunji is no ordinary sushi bar
    Counter Intelligence: Shunji is no ordinary sushi bar

    Shunji Japanese Cuisine, from chef Shunji Nakao, is located in what looks like a big chili bowl but is upscale and inventive, with special attention paid to vegetables.

  • The Find: Coffee Tomo in West L.A.
    The Find: Coffee Tomo in West L.A.

    Owner Kibum Sung specializes in stuffed pretzels, while Tommy Kim handles the coffee.

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