Originally from London, James Bartlett has been writing about the weird and wonderful side of L.A. since he arrived here in 2004. He has been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, contributes to BBC radio and BBC online, and is the author of “Gourmet Ghosts – Los Angeles” and “Gourmet Ghosts 2,” murder/mystery/crime/ghost/food and drink guides to the city's bars, restaurants and hotels – they’re available on Amazon and at stores across town.
1 month ago | Architecture & Design
When it opened in 1976, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel was a big deal; talking to a cab driver recently, she recalled how her father had taken the whole family to see the opening ceremony. The Bonaventure was designed by architect John C. Portman to...
2 months ago | Sculpture
An impromptu party at noon on Sunday will celebrate news that the Triforium, a futuristic, flashing, music-generating 1970s sculpture once called “the psychedelic nickelodeon,” can be “rediscovered and re-integrated” by the city that once mocked i...
2 months ago | First Look
A new Italian restaurant offers a very upscale version of surf and turf, along with Northern classics like risotto and carpaccio.
3 months ago | Culture
If you grew up in or around L.A., chances are that at one point or another you were herded onto a bus and taken on a field trip to the Los Angeles Zoo. Seeing their exotic animals might have made a frequent visitor of you — or maybe it was...
3 months ago | Halloween
Halloween is almost here, and among the costumes and candy corn it seems that people have an insatiable thirst for the bloody real. Podcast My Favorite Murder, documentaries Making a Murderer, The Witness and Amanda Knox, countless TV shows and, o...
4 months ago
By now everyone and their dog has taken a selfie at Urban Light, the LACMA landmark composed of 202 glowing street lamps (which went half dark earlier this year for repairs). Subvert expectations: Go somewhere that's hidden inside the austere Depa...