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Home of the Day: Swing from the rafters in this artsy Venice Beach bungalow

A dramatic triangular wood-beam ceiling gives this Venice bungalow the feel of a fancy attic. Not only does it look cool, but the ceiling also serves a whimsical purpose: A pink rope swing hangs from one of the exposed rafters in the living room. Outside, however, the home takes on an artsy vibe,...

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  • Antonia Lofaso: Scopa and Black Market chef, and 'Busy Mom'

    Antonia Lofaso: Scopa and Black Market chef, and 'Busy Mom'

    Antonia Lofaso is chef and partner at Scopa Italian Roots in Venice and at Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City, but she started her culinary career making corn dogs at Hot Dog on a Stick in the Sherman Oaks Galleria and as a host at Chin Chin in Studio City. Before graduating from the French...

  • Changes at Venice's beloved Rose Cafe stir up protests

    Changes at Venice's beloved Rose Cafe stir up protests

    Watch out if you’re thinking about messing with a landmark. Bill Chait might have thought he was doing a good thing by buying Venice’s beloved artist hangout Rose Café and updating the food with Jason Neroni in the kitchen. But that’s not the way some of the restaurant’s regular patrons saw it....

  • 9 great grain bowls at L.A. restaurants

    9 great grain bowls at L.A. restaurants

    If you find yourself at a new L.A. restaurant lit with Edison light bulbs, and outfitted with repurposed wood, chances are you'll see a grain bowl on the menu. No longer solely associated with health food stores and post yoga session sustenance, grain bowls have become a satisfying one-dish meal...

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  • My Favorite Room: Maura Tierney finds a simple serenity in Venice

    My Favorite Room: Maura Tierney finds a simple serenity in Venice

    Actress Maura Tierney doesn’t spend as much time as she’d like to in Southern California now that she’s doing more theater work and filming television shows in New York. Tierney, who is known for her roles in “ER,” “NewsRadio” and “The Affair” (for which she won a Golden Globe Award this year),...

  • Anything-goes Venice is a feast for the senses

    Anything-goes Venice is a feast for the senses

    Venice was conceived and built in the early 1900s, once part of a string of Southland coastal amusement parks that stretched from Santa Monica’s Pleasure Pier to the Pike in Long Beach.  It was a time so genteel that men’s and women’s bathing suits ran from ankle to neck, and attractions like ballroom...

  • Man, 49, dies after being rescued from ocean at Venice Beach

    Man, 49, dies after being rescued from ocean at Venice Beach

    A 49-year-old man died Sunday after he and two other swimmers were rescued from the water near the Venice Beach pier.  Lifeguards received a report at 5:30 p.m. of three distressed swimmers who were about 50 yards offshore, just north of the pier, said Lidia Barillas, a spokeswoman for the Los...

  • Builder designs with women's lifestyles in mind

    Builder designs with women's lifestyles in mind

    Everyone's heard of a man cave, but what about an entire home designed for a woman? Builder and designer Kim Gordon has done just that. She briskly demolishes, renovates and stages homes geared toward female buyers in the white-hot Westside tech market, creating seven Venice residences since 2010....

  • Celebrity architect unveils colorful Malibu creation

    Celebrity architect unveils colorful Malibu creation

    Architect to the stars Richard Landry has put his traffic-stopping beach house in Malibu on the market at $11.995 million. The three-story home was compartmentalized and the interior spaces dark when he bought the property five years ago for $3.95 million. Landry reworked the house to create open-plan...

  • L.A.'s luxury market shows signs of life

    L.A.'s luxury market shows signs of life

    After slow sales to start the year, the market for L.A.'s high-end homes may finally be picking up steam. Recent sales have included a pair of $20-million-plus deals and a high-water transaction in Venice. Here's a look at the most expensive homes sold in the last two weeks. $23 million — Beverly...

  • L.A. considers providing homeless in Venice with housing, bathrooms and storage
    L.A. considers providing homeless in Venice with housing, bathrooms and storage

    Los Angeles is considering a new effort to deal with the burgeoning homeless population in Venice that includes 24-hour access to bathrooms, free storage facilities and development of supportive housing on city land.

    The measures, contained in four motions outlined by L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin,...

  • LAPD killing of unarmed homeless man in Venice was unjustified, Police Commission says
    LAPD killing of unarmed homeless man in Venice was unjustified, Police Commission says

    After fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man in the back last year, Los Angeles police Officer Clifford Proctor explained his actions to investigators by saying he believed the man was trying to grab his partner’s gun during a struggle.

    “I saw … his hand on my partner’s holster,” Proctor said.

    ...

  • Where to get great vegan fro-yo and ice cream
    Where to get great vegan fro-yo and ice cream

    The term “vegan dessert” may be a little more exciting than it once was — or at least it should be.  We have Gracias Madre, the vegan Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood that makes a pretty great key lime pie; Crossroads, Tal Ronnen’s vegan restaurant on Melrose Avenue; and Little Pine, Moby’s...

  • Tokyo ramen veteran opens Venice Ramen by the beach
    Tokyo ramen veteran opens Venice Ramen by the beach

    There's a new ramen joint on the Westside.  Only this one isn’t located anywhere near Sawtelle Japantown, with its concentration of well-regarded Japanese eateries.  Instead, Venice Ramen has quietly opened in a strip mall on the border of Venice and Marina del Rey, blocks away from the ocean....

  • Three new places to get a drink in Los Angeles
    Three new places to get a drink in Los Angeles

    If you've been paying attention to the bar scene in Los Angeles, you've probably noticed how much it's been growing.  And the term "craft cocktail"? It's about as prevalent as "farm-to-table." If you're looking for a spot to meet a blind date, or just need a new watering hole, here are three new...

  • Home of the Day: Casa sweet casa in Venice
    Home of the Day: Casa sweet casa in Venice

    Original vintage details customize this Spanish-style charmer on a tree-lined street in the upscale, bohemian enclave of Venice. A red-tile roof, coved plaster ceilings and gracefully arched front windows and entryways lend authenticity and character to a gently updated home with a private garden...

  • My Favorite Room: Ara Katz
    My Favorite Room: Ara Katz

    Ara Katz loves the beachy but urban vibe of Venice. The 37-year-old co-founder of shopping app Spring has been living in a live-and-work space on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, designed by Michael Sant, that brings a deliberate urban tone to the beach community. She shares the contemporary California...

  • Bet you didn't know these 5 new restaurants are open for lunch
    Bet you didn't know these 5 new restaurants are open for lunch

    The idea of a dinner-only restaurant is quickly fading, as more new restaurants are either opening with lunch, or adding lunch service after only a few weeks.

    Below are five new restaurants serving lunch. Because your midday meal shouldn't be limited to six-inch sandwiches at Subway. And if you...

  • Decomposing body found by surfer off Venice Beach; investigation launched
    Decomposing body found by surfer off Venice Beach; investigation launched

    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Tuesday morning in the waters off Venice Beach, officials said.

    A surfer reported what appeared to a dead body in the water near 18th Avenue in Venice, said Lidia Barillas, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire...

  • Home of the Week: Light and bright in Venice
    Home of the Week: Light and bright in Venice

    This contemporary twist on a Craftsman classic is an illuminating exercise in old-meets-new design. The original 1915 bungalow and a modern addition were fashioned to follow the movement of the sun, naturally lighting the interiors throughout the day. Bursts of citron-green color and tapering white...

  • 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,...

  • Home of the Day: Sleek and sexy loft-style living in Venice
    Home of the Day: Sleek and sexy loft-style living in Venice

    Polished concrete, high ceilings and walls of floor-to-ceiling glass define this sleek loft-style home designed by award-winning architectural firm Marmol Radziner. Creative modern finishes, including distinctive marble and artisinal Heath Ceramic tiles, provide a sense of artistry to the two-story...

  • How a former pro beach volleyball athlete stays fit with... gardening
    How a former pro beach volleyball athlete stays fit with... gardening

    Courtney Guerra's lifestyle reflects the best of Southern California. A former professional beach volleyball player, the UC Santa Barbara grad picked up farming and cooking skills at Napa's legendary Meadowood resort and gardens before returning to the Los Angeles area. The Venice resident's latest...

  • Rubicon Project earnings and Snapchat ad moves are among the week's L.A. tech highlights
    Rubicon Project earnings and Snapchat ad moves are among the week's L.A. tech highlights

    Rubicon Project, among the handful of publicly traded tech companies in Los Angeles, is getting rewarded for a rare trait in its industry: Growing sales quickly and still managing to turn a tiny profit.

    The Playa Vista company gained almost $110 million in value last week, or 18%, after releasing...

  • Home of the Day: Creative, loft-style living in Venice
    Home of the Day: Creative, loft-style living in Venice

    This two-story loft-style home features soaring 17-foot ceilings and the kind of natural light and wall space art galleries dream about.

    Address: 633 Santa Clara Ave., Venice, 90291

    Price: $5,250,000

    Built: 2002

    Lot size: 5,178 square feet

    House size: 4,837 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths

    Features:...

  • Snapchat employee data compromised in phishing attack
    Snapchat employee data compromised in phishing attack

    Snapchat Inc. has fallen victim to a phishing scam.

    A payroll department employee at the Venice company emailed sensitive personal information about 700 current and former workers to someone pretending to be Chief Executive Evan Spiegel on Friday, a spokeswoman said.

    The impostor received employees’...

  • Datebook: Japanese American photography, detailed drawings, everything Marcel Duchamp
    Datebook: Japanese American photography, detailed drawings, everything Marcel Duchamp

    Abstracted grids of blocky color. Rare photography by Japanese Americans. And a show that is all about the labor of drawing. Plus, everything Marcel Duchamp, a Long Beach museum turns 20 and a crew of artists take over a phone line and get zodiacal. Here are seven shows to see this week:

    “Making...

  • 'Scorpion' actor Eddie Kaye Thomas finds a spot along the Venice canals
    'Scorpion' actor Eddie Kaye Thomas finds a spot along the Venice canals

    Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas, who stars in the CBS drama “Scorpion,” has bought a home in Venice for about $2.59 million.

    Set along the canals, the shingled 1910 bungalow captures the hip spirit of the area with light-filled interiors, outdoor living spaces and two Midcentury-style fireplaces.

    Among...

  • Hot Property | Eddie Kaye Thomas
    Hot Property | Eddie Kaye Thomas

    The 1910 bungalow on the Venice canals has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in more than 1,300 square feet of space.

  • Snapchat allowing geofilters for any party, event or company for as little as $5
    Snapchat allowing geofilters for any party, event or company for as little as $5

    Snapchat Inc. on Monday unveiled a second plan to generate revenue from its unique and popular form of location sharing.

    Last year, Venice-based Snapchat began charging retailers, movie studios and others to promote branded geofilters — as part of a number of experiments with advertising on the...

  • Datebook: The art of an influential school, video dystopia, the drawings of a Chicano activist
    Datebook: The art of an influential school, video dystopia, the drawings of a Chicano activist

    The art and artists of the highly influential Black Mountain College. A video that explores a dystopian movement farm. And the prolific drawings output of a beloved poet and icon. Plus: The art of Ayotzinapa protests, a show about plans and art that is inspired by outsourcing. Here are six shows...

  • 6 places to get great banh mi in L.A. and O.C.
    6 places to get great banh mi in L.A. and O.C.

    The ubiquity of banh mi, the French-influenced, Vietnamese baguette sandwich, in the United States -- or at least along the West Coast -- may seem relatively recent. But it’s been a slow and steady burn since the late 1970s and early '80s, when Vietnamese immigrants started small businesses in...

  • Home of the Day: An exotic vibe in Marina del Rey
    Home of the Day: An exotic vibe in Marina del Rey

    Copper accent walls, marble finishes and artistic tiled fireplaces give this Marina del Rey contemporary an exotic feel. A wall of windows stretching three floors underscores the voluminous living room. Atop the home, a rooftop patio takes in 180-degree canal, beach and ocean views.

    Location: 5405...

  • Home of the Day: An exotic vibe in Marina del Rey
    Home of the Day: An exotic vibe in Marina del Rey

    The three-story contemporary in Marina del Rey features exotic finishes, a rooftop deck and 180-degree views of the surrounding area.

  • Home of the Day: Walls of books and glass in Venice
    Home of the Day: Walls of books and glass in Venice

    Tucked behind a privacy wall and garden, this two-story home in Venice has a cool contemporary vibe with exposed and polished concrete, vaulted ceilings and a floating staircase. Features of note include a formal living room with a fireplace and a wall of built-in bookshelves. Sliding walls of...

  • Home of the Day: Walls of books and glass in Venice
    Home of the Day: Walls of books and glass in Venice

    The Venice contemporary, built in 2009, features walls of glass, built-in bookshelves and a lap swimming pool.

  • Snapchat and Viacom strike a unique deal, hoping it'll boost ad revenue for both
    Snapchat and Viacom strike a unique deal, hoping it'll boost ad revenue for both

    Viacom Inc. has signed a multi-year deal with Snapchat Inc. to sell ads on behalf of the popular photo- and video-sharing app and increase the amount of programming on it.

    The unique arrangement is a coup for Venice-based Snapchat, enabling the TV advertisers the company craves to buy ads on the...

  • A minimalist marvel in Venice
    A minimalist marvel in Venice

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Advertisers hope those flashier formats...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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