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Baseball: Nick Atkins of Venice could be City Section MVP candidate in 2017

The best baseball player in the City Section this coming season might not be at powers Chatsworth or El Camino Real. Senior shortstop Nick Atkins of Venice signed with New Mexico and became the first Gondolier early signee in decades. Atkins had 68 hits this past season and batted .504 with 35...

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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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  • Home of the Day: Custom art, contemporary design in Venice Beach

    Home of the Day: Custom art, contemporary design in Venice Beach

    Architect Rebecca Binder worked with local artists Nancy Monk and Randy West to create custom panels with a contemporary feel for the exterior of this two-story condo in Venice. Organic design material and an open floor plan are other examples of an attitude of free-spirited creativity. Address:...

  • 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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Three people killed and one hurt as car strikes tree in Venice area
    Three people killed and one hurt as car strikes tree in Venice area

    A car struck a tree and flipped over Monday evening in the Venice-Marina del Rey area, killing three of the occupants and leaving a fourth person in critical condition, officials said.

    The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Two people were ejected from the car by the force of the crash, Los Angeles...

  • Why social media profiles of visa applicants, job seekers and borrowers are being scanned
    Why social media profiles of visa applicants, job seekers and borrowers are being scanned

    A Los Angeles entrepreneur developing technology for social media background checks sees value in trawling the Web to guess how people behave offline, a controversial topic after the San Bernardino terrorist attack led lawmakers to demand online scrubs of visa applicants.

    Ben Mones’ Fama Technologies...

  • Tencent's Riot Games takeover and Dollar Shave Club sued among week's L.A. tech highlights
    Tencent's Riot Games takeover and Dollar Shave Club sued among week's L.A. tech highlights

    One of Los Angeles’ top start-ups is now completely off the block.

    Riot Games Inc., maker of the online battle game “League of Legends,” recently sold the last 7% of shares held by the company and employees to Tencent Holdings, giving the Chinese conglomerate complete ownership. Tencent first invested...

  • Home of the Day: Indoor-outdoor in Venice
    Home of the Day: Indoor-outdoor in Venice

    Bi-folding walls of glass divide the courtyard and living room at this Venice contemporary, bringing the outdoors inside. Atop the newly built house, a rooftop lounge and dining area take in 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

    Address: 653 Oxford Ave., Venice, 90291

    Price: $2.55 million

    Built:...

  • Home of the Day: Indoor-outdoor in Venice
    Home of the Day: Indoor-outdoor in Venice

    Telescoping walls of glass and a rooftop lounge transform living spaces at this contemporary-style house in Venice.

  • Baja East designers hold trunk show at Elyse Walker
    Baja East designers hold trunk show at Elyse Walker

    Baja East designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon — finalists in this year's prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competiton — are scheduled to show off what they've called their "loose luxury," "ambisexual" line in a trunk show from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Elyse Walker. The boutique is at 15306...

  • Sofia Vergara documentary miniseries comes to Snapchat
    Sofia Vergara documentary miniseries comes to Snapchat

    Sofia Vergara is the star of a new Snapchat show -- and she doesn’t even have to act.

    The Colombian actress, known for her role as Gloria on ABC’s “Modern Family,” is the subject of a short documentary series on Snapchat narrated by her son.

    The first three episodes of six-episode "VergaraLand”...

  • Venice activists sue city of Los Angeles over beach curfew
    Venice activists sue city of Los Angeles over beach curfew

    Citing the right to public commons stretching back to the Roman Empire, Venice activists filed a suit Wednesday to strike down the city of Los Angeles' 27-year-old overnight beach curfew.The lawsuit contends that the midnight-to-5-a.m. ban on sleeping, strolling, surfing or fishing on the sands...

  • Snapchat back online after outage tied to Google
    Snapchat back online after outage tied to Google

    It must’ve been a boring day at school for students in Europe, and almost as lame for youngsters in the U.S. too.

    Snapchat, the app that more than 100 million people turn to each day to entertain themselves, suffered a sweeping outage early Tuesday European time. And the issue remained unresolved...

  • Plan Check coming to Santa Monica, Scratch Bar opens in Encino, Charcoal now open in Venice
    Plan Check coming to Santa Monica, Scratch Bar opens in Encino, Charcoal now open in Venice

    The L.A. restaurant scene isn't slowing down. If you're trying to keep up, here are some new and notable happenings. 

    Plan Check, the burger-centric restaurant with locations on Sawtelle Boulevard, Fairfax Avenue and in downtown L.A., is opening a location in Santa Monica. Owner Terry Heller made...

  • Home of the Day: Venice compound features relaxed vibe, yoga studio
    Home of the Day: Venice compound features relaxed vibe, yoga studio

    An ornate courtyard complete with a koi pond, gardens and waterfalls sits in the heart of this two-house residence in Venice. Themed patios, screened porches, temple-like structures and an open-air yoga studio are among the features of the idyllic compound.

    Address: 623-625 Palms Blvd., Venice,...

  • Home of the Day: Venice compound features relaxed vibe, yoga studio
    Home of the Day: Venice compound features relaxed vibe, yoga studio

    The bohemian-inspired compound on a quarter-acre lot in Venice is listed for sale at $6.1 million.

  • Snapchat ends awkward exclusion, finally opens Fusion to U.S. users
    Snapchat ends awkward exclusion, finally opens Fusion to U.S. users

    Snapchat put startup cable network Fusion in an awkward position early in the year.

    Fusion received a slot in Discover, the coveted area within Snapchat that features articles and videos from about a dozen media companies. But Snapchat made Fusion stories visible to users in every country except...

  • Bruno Mars wraps up a year's worth of realty deals with home sale
    Bruno Mars wraps up a year's worth of realty deals with home sale

    Grammy winner Bruno Mars has sold his Hollywood Regency-style contemporary along the border of Studio City and Hollywood Hills West for $3,347,500 in an off-market deal.

    Fronting a 10-vehicle motor court, the 1964 home has an imposing facade with stone columns flanking 11-foot-tall frosted glass...

  • San Bernardino shooting video showcases Snapchat's quirks as a news source
    San Bernardino shooting video showcases Snapchat's quirks as a news source

    People around the world followed minute-by-minute action from the shootings in San Bernardino on Wednesday, tuning in to their TVs, Twitter, news websites — and Snapchat.

    Residents in the region used the smartphone app to share raw, on-the-ground perspectives. There were Snapchat videos showing...

  • Shop arts and crafts, shop at new stores, shop deals or shop for charity this week
    Shop arts and crafts, shop at new stores, shop deals or shop for charity this week

    Shopping choices abound this season in Southern California, with new stores opening, retailers hosting charitable fundraisers, craft markets popping up and more.

    Here's a sampling:

    Openings

    Luxury optical retailer Vitra Eyewear has opened at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa. The store...

  • Bill Gates' foundation to donate $3 million to (RED) if people use Snapchat on Tuesday
    Bill Gates' foundation to donate $3 million to (RED) if people use Snapchat on Tuesday

    By doing little more than taking a photo and swiping across their smartphone screen a few times, Snapchat users on Tuesday can raise as much as $3 million to combat AIDS.

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans to donate $3 to the nonprofit group (RED) for each use of a decorative “World AIDS...

  • USC's Max Nikias talking innovation among week's L.A. tech highlights
    USC's Max Nikias talking innovation among week's L.A. tech highlights

    USC President C.L. Max Nikias is going out of his way to foster relationships with Los Angeles’s technology business community while highlighting his own moves to boost innovation at the university.

    Nikias recently gave his first big speech to “Silicon Beach” at an LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce...

  • Snapchat plans to add holiday-themed content from Brit + Co
    Snapchat plans to add holiday-themed content from Brit + Co

    On Snapchat's Discover feature, users get quick app access to a wide variety of mobile video channels from the likes of CNN, Vice, Buzzfeed and a dozen other media brands. Starting Friday, U.S. users get an option just for the holidays.Online publishing and retail start-up Brit + Co will deliver...

  • Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen part with cozy Venice bungalow
    Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen part with cozy Venice bungalow

    Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have sold their bungalow in Venice for $1.77 million, or $21,000 more than the asking price.

    The couple bought the house three years ago for $929,000, records show.

    Tucked behind privacy hedges and a gated entry, the single-story home was built in 1921 and...

  • Hot Property | Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
    Hot Property | Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen

    Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have sold their charming Spanish-style bungalow in Venice for $1.77 million.

  • Where to pick up some great bread for the holidays
    Where to pick up some great bread for the holidays

    Unless you're the sort of person who copes with holiday stress by baking, you may not want to get up super early on Thanksgiving to bake your own bread. Rolls or quick bread maybe, but burnished sourdough boules? Not so much. Which is why bread can be a very good thing to pick up while you're doing...

  • Home of the Day: An open and airy vibe in Venice
    Home of the Day: An open and airy vibe in Venice

    Though it samples from a range of architectural flavors, this newly rebuilt residence on a Venice walk street is perhaps most influenced by rural farmhouses found in France and Belgium. Steel-framed windows and doors bathe crisp white walls and rich wood floors in natural light, while opening the...

  • Home of the Day: An open and airy vibe in Venice
    Home of the Day: An open and airy vibe in Venice

    The farmhouse-inspired home on a Venice walk street features steel-framed windows and doors, pendant lighting and custom three-story staircase.

  • Inside Snapchat's newest feature: Story Explorer
    Inside Snapchat's newest feature: Story Explorer

    Snapchat Inc. Chief Executive Evan Spiegel grabs his iPhone, opens his Venice company’s app and taps an icon for “Los Angeles.”Instantly, he’s watching short, full-screen videos that Snapchat users across L.A. have recorded over the last 24 hours and given the company permission to distribute widely....

  • A Superba opens today in El Segundo, plus notable new chefs at Venice Superba restaurants
    A Superba opens today in El Segundo, plus notable new chefs at Venice Superba restaurants

    Superba Food + Bread and Superba Snack Bar, the two Venice restaurants owned by Pitfire Artisan Pizza founder Paul Hibler, have lately changed their kitchens, with very notable chefs behind respective stoves. And today, Hibler adds to his portfolio, with a new Food + Bread opening in El Segundo.

    ...

  • Lifeguards rescue five from burning sailboat off Venice Beach

    Lifeguards rescued five people from a burning sailboat off Venice Beach on Saturday afternoon, officials said.

    Rescuers plucked the people from the boat, which was about 100 feet off shore, according to Supervisor Bernard Peters of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

    The department initially...

  • Cross country: Paul Luevano of Venice wins his second consecutive Division I title

    Hector Garcia of Marshall tried to put pressure on defending champion Paul Luevano at Saturday's City Section Division I cross country final, but Luevano never wavered.

    He won his second consecutive title, finishing in 15:01.19.

    Palisades won the team titles for Division I boys and girls.

    In Division...

  • Sweet channel launches on Snapchat Discover
    Sweet channel launches on Snapchat Discover

    Snapchat on Monday for the first time added an unestablished media brand to its Discover collection of channels.

    CNN, Buzzfeed, Vice, Tastemade and a dozen others are on Discover. Now, Sweet gets its chance.

    Sweet features articles and videos about a new handbag line, bath salts, furniture, design...

  • Like free food? Where to get free bibimbap and kale burgers
    Like free food? Where to get free bibimbap and kale burgers

    if you're on a budget, free food tastes better. Here are two restaurants celebrating new locations with freebies. Enjoy. 

    Bibigo, the Korean fast-casual restaurant that once had a food truck tour with Korean pop sensation Psy (the guy who brought you "Gangnam Style"), is opening a new location...

  • Home of the Day: A modern home with rural notes in Venice
    Home of the Day: A modern home with rural notes in Venice

    This whitewashed two-story in Venice riffs contemporary and farmhouse styles with a twin-gable roofline, vertical siding and a small front porch set off the front entrance to the home. A chef’s kitchen complete with pendant lighting and Carrara marble countertops anchors the open-area floor plan....

  • Home of the Day: A modern home with rural notes in Venice
    Home of the Day: A modern home with rural notes in Venice

    The farmhouse-inspired contemporary home in Venice was developed by American Coastal Properties and completed in 2015.

  • Snapchat unveils store full of virtual effects -- at 99 cents each
    Snapchat unveils store full of virtual effects -- at 99 cents each

    Snapchat Inc. now has another way to make money from its disappearing-message app: pay up, and the fun stuff won’t disappear.

    The Snapchat app centers on ephemerality; most photos, videos and other content shared on Snapchat become inaccessible if not viewed within a certain time frame.

    So does...

  • Datebook: Early digital maps, delicate assemblages, an installation that riffs on sin
    Datebook: Early digital maps, delicate assemblages, an installation that riffs on sin

    The evocative assemblages of a German-born artist. A rumination on deadly sin by a Northern California installationist. And prints that once served as maps of nascent technology. Plus, paintings about leisure, photography inspired by 19th century Romantic canvases and sculptural pieces that both...

  • Snapchat getting 6 billion video views daily, but how does it compare to Facebook's 8 billion?
    Snapchat getting 6 billion video views daily, but how does it compare to Facebook's 8 billion?

    Days after Facebook announced that its users watched videos 8 billion times a day,  Snapchat told the Financial Times on Sunday that its smaller set of users opened videos 6 billion times a day. See the most-read stories this hour >> The statistics reveal fast growth: Since the spring, video watching...

  • The Rose Cafe opens, or reopens, in Venice on Tuesday
    The Rose Cafe opens, or reopens, in Venice on Tuesday

    The Rose Cafe, the long-awaited project from chef Jason Neroni and restaurateur Bill Chait, is finally opening — or rather reopening — its Venice doors Tuesday for breakfast, lunch and quick service. They're pretty impressive doors, it should be said, which open through a giant painting of a rose...

  • 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...

  • In Charles Garabedian's paintings, anguish of biblical proportions
    In Charles Garabedian's paintings, anguish of biblical proportions

    In spite of titles that take us back to ancient Greek myths and Biblical stories, Charles Garabedian’s paintings are populated by refugees — men, women and children so far out of their element that their various states of homelessness make being a fish out of water seem like a walk in the park.

    ...

  • A termite-ridden garage in Venice Beach is turned into a private video art gallery
    A termite-ridden garage in Venice Beach is turned into a private video art gallery

    After running out of wall space, Diane Klein decided it was time for her growing collection of video art to have a real home. And that became a golden opportunity to replace the termite-ridden 1929 garage behind her Craftsman home in Venice Beach with a creative space and guest house.

    Rather than...

  • 'The Peanuts Movie' to use Snapchat's ad format that animates selfies with Snoopy and Woodstock
    'The Peanuts Movie' to use Snapchat's ad format that animates selfies with Snoopy and Woodstock

    20th Century Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” will be the first advertiser to take advantage of a brand-new ad format on Snapchat.

    The popular entertainment app’s tens of millions of U.S. users will be able to animate selfies on Saturday to make it look like they’re gobbling up candy corn as Snoopy dances...

  • There's a ramen burrito at Komodo
    There's a ramen burrito at Komodo

    If you've been to Indonesia, Simpang Asia Indonesian restaurant and market in Los Angeles, or happen to have an Indonesian friend, chances are you've experienced Indomie. It's a brand of instant noodles that comes in a variety of flavors, and Komodo chef Erwin Tjahyadi is putting it in a burrito. 

    ...

  • More than just jeans: Current/Elliott opens first boutique
    More than just jeans: Current/Elliott opens first boutique

    There’s more to Current/Elliott than just boyfriend jeans.

    That’s clear when you step inside the L.A. label’s first boutique, now open on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

    The 1,500-square-foot space is a beachy oasis with a marble center table, white oak floors and warm brass fixtures. Leather...

  • Unusually high tides and surf may cause flooding along L.A. County coast
    Unusually high tides and surf may cause flooding along L.A. County coast

    Unusually high tides and surf will hit the California coast for the next few days, which could cause some flooding in low-lying areas, and there will be a moderate risk of rip currents, National Weather Services officials said Monday night.

    On Tuesday through Friday, high tides in Los Angeles County...

  • Unusually high tides and surf may cause flooding along L.A. County coast
    Unusually high tides and surf may cause flooding along L.A. County coast

    Unusually high tides and surf will hit the California coast for the next few days, which could cause some flooding in low-lying areas, and there will be a moderate risk of rip currents, National Weather Services officials said Monday night.

    On Tuesday through Friday, high tides in Los Angeles County...

  • Snapchat loses its vice president of public policy and communications to Uber
    Snapchat loses its vice president of public policy and communications to Uber

    Snapchat Inc.’s vice president of public policy and communications, hired a year ago from Google Inc., is now leaving for the same position at ride-hailing app Uber Technologies Inc.

    The hiring of Jill Hazelbaker, confirmed Tuesday, gives fast-growing Uber another political veteran to push back...

  • Is Snapchat making the smartphone stylus cool?
    Is Snapchat making the smartphone stylus cool?

    Three Snapchat posts featuring art from Cyrene Quiamco. (Cyrene Quiamco) Some of Snapchat’s most artistic users are leaving fingerpainting to the amateurs, turning to a stylus instead. Steve Jobs once famously denigrated the very idea of a stylus for a hand-held device. But now, especially for...

  • Meet burlesque star Dita Von Teese at Vintage Fashion Expo this weekend
    Meet burlesque star Dita Von Teese at Vintage Fashion Expo this weekend

    Entertainer Dita Von Teese is expected to be at this weekend's Vintage Fashion Expo, selling and signing a limited number of copies of her books, "Burlesque and the Art of the Teese" and "Dita: Striptease." (She has a new book, "Your Beauty Mark," due out Dec. 1.

    The expo is scheduled to take place...

  • Snapchat hits pause on trying to run its own 'TV' channel
    Snapchat hits pause on trying to run its own 'TV' channel

    Snapchat Inc. worked with Madonna, Steven Spielberg’s daughter, yoga instructors, comedians and countless other performers to draw people to its Snap Channel.

    But that section of the Snapchat app, which hosted videos produced by the Venice company itself, was recently shut down, less than nine...

  • Blue Star Donuts in Venice will hand out free doughnuts on Monday
    Blue Star Donuts in Venice will hand out free doughnuts on Monday

    Blue Star Donuts, the Portland, Ore., shop known for its brioche-style doughnuts, is having a pre-opening preview Monday, before officially opening on Abbot Kinney Boulevard on Oct. 21. And at the preview, there will be free doughnuts. 

    The Venice Beach location will open its doors at 9 a.m. to...

  • Home of the Day: Palm-topped spaces and vintage flair in Venice
    Home of the Day: Palm-topped spaces and vintage flair in Venice

    This Craftsman-inspired contemporary, once used as a filming location for the series “Californication,” keeps the eye moving with vintage wallpaper, glass hardware and modern and antique lighting. Inviting outdoor entertaining, tall palms provide a natural canopy for various sitting areas, front...

  • Home of the Day: Palm-topped spaces and vintage flair in Venice
    Home of the Day: Palm-topped spaces and vintage flair in Venice

    The Craftsman-inspired contemporary, once used as a filming location for the TV show "Californication," is on the market in Venice for $2.995 million.

  • Refinery29 is added to Snapchat Discover
    Refinery29 is added to Snapchat Discover

    Snapchat added online media company Refinery29 to its Discover feature on Monday.

    Refinery29 targets young women with health and beauty information, drawing 25 million unique website visitors a month. Its Discover channel will feature tutorials, quizzes and recipes “programmed to inspire and empower...

  • Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice
    Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice

    A man who witnesses said shot a homeless man to death and wounded a second at the order of a Venice hotel owner has been arrested, Los Angeles police announced Friday.

    On Monday, the FBI fugitive task force arrested Francisco Cardenaz Guzman, 28, on suspicion of killing 26-year-old Jascent Warren...

  • Datebook: Modern Canadian landscapes, Giant Robot Biennale, Ansel Adams at Manzanar
    Datebook: Modern Canadian landscapes, Giant Robot Biennale, Ansel Adams at Manzanar

    The paintings of a Canadian modernist. Ansel Adams’ photos of Japanese American internment camps. And a biennial that’s all about art by Asian and Asian American up-and-comers. Plus, the oddly delightful paintings of Jacques Flechemuller, a group show about spiritual and physical unions, and new...

  • Why L.A. tech, media and financial executives are buying an eSports team
    Why L.A. tech, media and financial executives are buying an eSports team

    The professionalization of eSports continues.

    Top finance, technology and media executives in Los Angeles pooled their money to buy professional video-gaming franchise Team 8, they announced Wednesday. They bring new credibility to the fast-growing competitive video game circuit. Championship events...

  • Snapchat's Evan Spiegel joins Forbes 400 as world's youngest billionaire
    Snapchat's Evan Spiegel joins Forbes 400 as world's youngest billionaire

    The youngest billionaire in the world is Snapchat Inc.’s 25-year-old Chief Executive Evan Spiegel, at $2.1 billion, Forbes said Tuesday.

    Spiegel and his fellow Snapchat cofounder, Bobby Murphy, both made the Forbes 400 for the first time this year, among 25 new entrants.

    The financial magazine’s...

  • Home of the Day: An indoor-outdoor vibe in the Oxford Triangle
    Home of the Day: An indoor-outdoor vibe in the Oxford Triangle

    A rooftop deck done in bright Malibu tile and featuring a fire pit and outdoor kitchen tops this contemporary Spanish-style home in the Oxford Triangle area of Venice. On the main floor, sliding glass doors give way to a covered outdoor dining room with a two-sided fireplace, a wet bar and built-in...

  • Home of the Day: An indoor-outdoor vibe in the Oxford Triangle
    Home of the Day: An indoor-outdoor vibe in the Oxford Triangle

    A rooftop deck and an outdoor dining room highlight this contemporary Spanish-style home on the market in Venice for $2.495 million.

  • Residents want L.A. to do more to enforce short-term rental regulations
    Residents want L.A. to do more to enforce short-term rental regulations

    In the tranquil neighborhood of the Venice Canals, residents said they were fed up — and ready to take action.

    Dozens signed a petition complaining about noise and nuisances such as a fraternity "drunk-athon" at one home along the picturesque waterways. They told Los Angeles officials that the...

  • Venice Boardwalk driver sentenced to 42 years to life in state prison
    Venice Boardwalk driver sentenced to 42 years to life in state prison

    The women projected onto a video screen in a Los Angeles courtroom sang in Italian -- a song about cherishing life’s fleeting moments of happiness.

    They swayed back and forth in unison, their arms locked together.

    Alice Gruppioni threw her head back as she belted out the tune with her relatives...

  • Moody waters in Venice
    Moody waters in Venice

    Julio Lopez from Santa Monica made this tranquil and mesmerizing photograph of the Venice Canals that feels like a slow-motion dream sequence.  

    Venice is a destination for an array of tourists and locals, who take all sorts of photographs. There, Lopez set out to create a scene that wasn’t your...

  • How illusionist David Blaine helped inspire Snapchat's Live Stories
    How illusionist David Blaine helped inspire Snapchat's Live Stories

    How does illusionist David Blaine perform his tricks? That question helped influence one of Snapchat’s most popular features, known as Live Stories.

    The start-up’s head of content, Nick Bell, talked about the inspiration for Live Stories on stage Wednesday, speaking alongside executives from Facebook...

  • New from Snapchat: Decorate your selfies, pay for replays
    New from Snapchat: Decorate your selfies, pay for replays

    Snapchat introduced its first in-app purchase Tuesday, offering users three replays of otherwise self-destructing messages for $0.99.

    The feature joins video ads, location-themed digital sticker ads and some merchandise sales as the Venice start-up's revenue sources. Snapchat, one of the most highly...

  • Moviepilot website gets $16 million for push into video and gaming
    Moviepilot website gets $16 million for push into video and gaming

    Entertainment news website Moviepilot on Tuesday announced a $16-million investment from a French media company and several other investors, joining a recent list of major investments in start-ups creating online content.

    The new funding for Moviepilot, based in Venice, is a smaller amount than ...

  • Datebook: A Frank Gehry retrospective, art of death and rebirth, images from YouTube
    Datebook: A Frank Gehry retrospective, art of death and rebirth, images from YouTube

    It is the official beginning of the arts season and Los Angeles is awash in exhibitions — from a Frank Gehry retrospective to the latest epic video by Matthew Barney to a show of Japanese ceramics curated by Takashi Murakami. Plus: a fine art film festival, African spirits reconceived, and an L.A.-born...

  • Home of the Day: A modern spin on farmhouse style in Venice
    Home of the Day: A modern spin on farmhouse style in Venice

    Vaulted ceilings, wide-plank wood floors and a broad gable roofline lend a farmhouse vibe to this two-house compound on a quarter-acre in Venice. Designed for outdoor entertaining, a backyard setting complete with a kitchen, a fire pit and a swimming pool and spa is shared by the front and rear...

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