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Arts, Books

Finding the Center

Intern/fact checker, editorial assistant 1998-1999Associate arts editor 2000-2002Books/food/lifestyle editor 2002-2005 It was a single issue, February 6, 1998, that led me to the Weekly. I’d just moved to Los Angeles from the East Coast and was answering phones at the now defunct Buzz Magazine, a glossy celebrity-heavy monthly not entirely...…
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News, Letters

Radio Waves

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Columns, A Considerable Town

The Night Belonged to (Music) Lovers

If you’d had two gin and tonics and squinted real hard, it could have been 1976. Patti Smith, blissful sneer and all, was onstage with longtime guitarist Lenny Kaye, laying into the mike like an angry teenager: “G. L. O. R. I. A. Glooorria!” She must be 60 now, and...…
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LA Life, The Shop

House of Glass

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LA Life,

My Way or the Highway

Here’s a good party trick: Glibly mention your imminent travel arrangements at a crowded cocktail gathering — maybe a 4 p.m. flight out of LAX — and then openly question your sense of direction. “Freeways or surface streets?” you might muse. “Slauson or Stocker? Caribbean Treehouse or Pann’s Coffee Shop...…
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LA Life,

Thai Town After Dark

Photos by Kevin ScanlonThe entrance to Thai Town — the six blocks of Hollywood Boulevard between Western and Normandie, according to a 1999 City Council decision — is unofficially marked by an enormous, supine hot dog the size of a submarine resting atop a bright red Thai takeout window. That’s...…
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Theater,

Catnip for your Inner Otaku

Pop culture is all about specifics and subsets these days (subsets of subsets and blogs devoted to blogs about subsets): You’re not just a fan of comics, you’re a die-hard collector of shojo manga, unbearably cute Japanese comics for teenage girls. You don’t just listen to hip-hop, you live for...…
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LA Life, The Shop

Sofas and the City

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Calendar, Archive

Beauty and Beasts

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LA Life, Style

High Fashion

Photos by Wild Don LewisYou’re 60 feet above ground, meandering the open-air rooftop of Sunset Gower Studios, with panorama views that, on a clear day, rival the evocative urban vistas in Collateral. To your left: the Capitol Records tower and the Hollywood sign at eye level. To your right: the...…
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Restaurants, Dining

A Few Good Eggs

Eric Klein Executive Chef, Maple Drive Describes himself as: “A farm boy” from Alsace, France (Hattstatt, specifically), where he grew up in the shadow of a nunnery. “The nuns there used to baby-sit me,” he says, gesturing with enormous, rugged hands. “I’d help the nuns pluck chickens, I made bread,...…
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Restaurants, Dining

Cracking the Clubbing Code

Photo by Raul Vega The waiter grabs me by the wrist and yanks me up from the red velvet booth midsentence, giving me just enough time to gesture to my girlfriend that I’ll be back. He drags me across the room, past rows of tables cluttered with whiskey bottles, overflowing...…
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News, Features

Curb Your SUV

Photo by Elliott ShaffnerIt's a rainy Wednesday afternoon, and as Laurie David zips around the curvy, lush back streets of her Pacific Palisades neighborhood, she hopscotches between topics: from the ongoing fuel-economy/SUV debate to how she hooked up with her husband, Curb Your Enthusiasm creator and star Larry David, then...…
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News,

The Storyteller

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News, Features

Tracy Young, New Horizons

It would be easy to classify Tracy Young as another of L.A.‘s myriad “writer-performer-directors,” since she’s won numerous awards and her work spans all three disciplines. But when we meet at the Griffith Observatory on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, it quickly becomes clear that she is, above all else, a...…
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News, Features

It’s the Parking, Stupid!

David Freeman is the first to arrive. Wearing a blue blazer and brown fedora, the writer hunches over a rickety table in the far northeast corner of the Farmers Market, stirring his coffee with a metal spoon, the significance of which I‘ll soon learn. No one remembers how, exactly, Freeman’s...…
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Arts, Books

The Ecstasy, the Agony

There are moments -- often unremarkable, everyday moments -- when the entire history between two people, former lovers, returns in an instant: the rush of the unexpected first kiss, the flood of want that follows, and the inevitable hurt that lingers once it has soured. In Susan Minot’s erotic and...…
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News, Features

The Big Kiss-off

“In this period of high anxiety, the letters may well contribute to the stress in the newsroom.” (Miami Herald) “This is a letter I have worked very hard not to have to write . . . It is a letter that brings news you will not be pleased to receive.”...…
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Arts, Books

The Coffee Table

Go ahead, judge this book by its cover: Perhaps the single most spectacular release of the season — in terms of presentation, at least — is the 10-pound, Ultrasuede tome Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (Taschen, 381 pages, $150), created in honor of the director’s 95th birthday. Enormous in...…
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Arts, Books

Books From Our Contributors

ANOTHER CITY: WRITING FROM LOS ANGELES | Edited by DAVID L. ULIN | City Lights | 273 pages | $17 paperback Thirty-seven different local writers, including Aimee Bender, Gerald Locklin, Jervey Tervalon and the Weekly’s Judith Lewis, contribute stories from their own private corners of Los Angeles: from what drew...…
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