Adam Gropman

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  • 1 month ago | Comedy

    “I would make a great dad,” declares comedian Jeff Wattenhofer, standing on the floor of a spacious room attached to Hosteling International's surprisingly luxurious Santa Monica facility, situated just behind the Third Street Promenade. “I would ...

  • 5 months ago | Comedy

    It's a Saturday night at Tao Comedy Studio, and Nina Manni is onstage nailing a bit about male insecurity. "Do you guys know what the worst thing you can do to a man is?" she asks rhetorically. "Emasculate him — make him less of a man, weaken him,...

  • 11 months ago

    This tucked-away equestrian enclave in southern Burbank, between Riverside Drive and the L.A. River, boasts weathered stables, the refreshing scent of soil and straw and a backdrop of dramatic mountains. It's a slice of pastoral America — wh...

  • 11 months ago

    Walking into Robin's Hobby in Glendale — having narrowed your eyes upon arrival at the humble structure set back from Glenoaks, which resembles a lawnmower repair shop or ancient catering headquarters — you instantly know thi...

  • 11 months ago

    Imagine a great, comfortable well-appointed cigar lounge. Now imagine it bigger, more plush and even loungier — if that's a word. Fat Stogies Cigar Lounge in Encino is a colossal emporium of good smokes, casual chatter and dec...

  • 11 months ago

    Skateboarding is a confounding puzzle for those of us who lack that elusive, seemingly magical sense of balance and coordination. For those who take to boarding with the ease of a duck in water, the sport must be very freeing. But even a non-natur...


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