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Mall food: farmer on site at Farmhouse, joys of gin and more

Mall food: farmer on site at Farmhouse, joys of gin and more

| April 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Does anyone not know the episode from the Independent Film Channel (IFC) series “Portlandia” where a dining couple, concerned about the provenance of a chicken dish, ask increasingly detailed questions of their waitress, revealing that “Colin” was a heritage breed raised on four acres at a local organic farm, and was fed only sheep’s milk, […]

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Academy-studded gala, Havana, Hollyhock, Lincoln, tea and more

Academy-studded gala, Havana, Hollyhock, Lincoln, tea and more

| March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is not an organization, a gaggle of friends or lovers of beauty and style in our ’hood that does not look forward to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum’s spectacular annual exhibition of “The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design.” The gala opening was held in February at the downtown campus […]

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Takei recalls his imprisonment in WWII

Takei recalls his imprisonment in WWII

| March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with George Takei at a press event for the show “Allegiance: A New Musical Inspired by a True Story” playing (through April 1) at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani Theatre. Although the musical centers on a fictional family, the story contains many of Mr. […]

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What’s changed in Southern California since the last century? Everything.

What’s changed in Southern California since the last century? Everything.

| March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Look deeply into this landscape image. You might well think it is a dreamscape of Eden, or, perhaps, a fantasia of Devon. The original was painted by an English watercolor landscape painter and illustrator, Sutton Palmer (1854-1933). The painting is Palmer’s painting of the verdant, gentle landscape of Glendale, California, around 1913. It is one […]

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Home Ground: ‘Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps’ and the making of L.A.’s contemporary art scene

Home Ground: ‘Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps’ and the making of L.A.’s contemporary art scene

| January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Three point six miles separate Larchmont Boulevard and 736 La Cienega Blvd. My computer computes that this trip along Melrose Ave. would take, I suppose in some alternate universe, 15 minutes. In 1957, when the artist Ed Kienholz found “a big barnlike artist’s studio with high ceilings and whitewashed walls, in the back half of […]

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McAvoy on Preservation: SurveyLA heralds achievements of African Americans

McAvoy on Preservation: SurveyLA heralds achievements of African Americans

| January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to our community. The physical history of African Americans in Los Angeles is chronicled in the places where people lived, worked, worshipped and fought for civil rights and made notable cultural achievements. Late last year, the City Planning Department’s […]

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