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Arts, Public Spectacle Buck Mason, a Venice Menswear Store Tailored to the Way Guys Want to Shop

Buck Mason, a Venice Menswear Store Tailored to the Way Guys Want to Shop

Erik Schnakenberg and Sasha Koehn, founders of menswear company Buck Mason, have been talking to a reporter for nearly an hour when a woman walks into their Abbot Kinney - adjacent shop to buy some jeans for her husband. He's practically living in the pair he already owns, she explains,…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Diane von Furstenberg's Famed Wrap Dress Celebrates 40th Anniversary With L.A. Exhibit

Diane von Furstenberg's Famed Wrap Dress Celebrates 40th Anniversary With L.A. Exhibit

Diane von Furstenberg likes to joke that she cannot separate herself from her iconic wrap dress that made her famous: the long sheet of (usually) brightly patterned fabric that wraps around a woman's body, cinching around the waist to give her the illusion of an hourglass figure. "The wrap dress…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>Mortified Nation</em>, a Movie About the Embarrassing Things We Wrote as Teenagers

Mortified Nation, a Movie About the Embarrassing Things We Wrote as Teenagers

Most people want to forget their awkward adolescence, burying ill-fated romantic conquests and pathetic attempts to fit in so deeply that the shame returns only in occasional, cringe-inducing flashbacks. Then there are Dave Nadelberg and Neil Katcher. As co-producers of long-running spoken-word stage show Mortified, these 38-year-old Angelenos want you...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle What Was it <i>Really</i> Like to Work for Walt Disney? New Book Spills Details

What Was it Really Like to Work for Walt Disney? New Book Spills Details

Love him or hate him, there's no escaping the impact that Walt Disney had on the film industry and, with Disneyland, Southern California lifestyle. The lord of the Mouse House died from lung cancer in 1966, but that hasn't stopped the stories (both good and bad) of what it was...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Meet the Designer Who's Giving Shapewear a Bit of Hollywood Glamour

Meet the Designer Who's Giving Shapewear a Bit of Hollywood Glamour

Like many fashion designers, Kiana Anvaripour spent her youth worshipping at the altar of classic Hollywood glamour. "AMC was my favorite channel," she says. "I was obsessed with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Some Like It Hot and Marilyn Monroe movies. Ava Gardner was one of my favorite...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Art Shaped Like Kidney Beans: A History

Art Shaped Like Kidney Beans: A History

West Hollywood just got a lot more colorful. Three shiny, vibrant-hued, kidney-shaped sculptures from local artist Cosimo Cavallaro have been scattered like a giant jelly bean-themed Easter egg hunt across West Hollywood Park near the Pacific Design Center. Part of the city's Art on the Outside program, the temporary Love...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The Controversial History of Flight Attendants

The Controversial History of Flight Attendants

Thanks to pop culture phenoms like Mad Men, we are well aware of the association between beautiful, polished stewardesses and mid-century air travel. Used together, they showed the world how glamorous and successful Americans were during the Cold War. But a flight attendant was more than just an advertisement. She...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle How Mary Tyler Moore Influenced Today's TV Shows

How Mary Tyler Moore Influenced Today's TV Shows

From Murphy Brown and 30 Rock to Sex and the City, New Girl and The Mindy Project, television shows have depicted women starting over, figuring out their lives and juggling their work-life balance. And for this genre, these ladies can thank Mary Tyler Moore. In her new book, Mary and...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Book About the Stupid Mistakes You Make in Your 20s

A Book About the Stupid Mistakes You Make in Your 20s

Sometimes the worst mistakes lead to the best results. That's the thesis of L.A. author Kathy Ebel's funny, honest, first novel, Claudia Silver to the Rescue. Set in early-'90s New York, the book follows a 20-something college grad figuring out her place in the world, careerwise and otherwise. Her series...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 10 Best L.A. Boutiques That Won't Break the Bank

10 Best L.A. Boutiques That Won't Break the Bank

See also: *10 Best Vintage and Second-Hand Boutiques in L.A. *10 Best Women's Shoe Stores in Los Angeles *Top 10 Weirdest Stores in L.A. Finding the right women's clothing boutique means a lot of trial and error. Somewhere between the dingy storefronts packed with poorly-made clothing in sizes that only...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Jewish L.A.: 5 People Who Helped Shape the City's History, From the Autry's New Exhibit

Jewish L.A.: 5 People Who Helped Shape the City's History, From the Autry's New Exhibit

Jewish history in turn-of-the-century America usually conjures up images of deeply religious East Coast garment district workers or greased-back, penny-pinching Old Hollywood studio moguls. The Autry National Center attempts to break down this second stereotype with its latest exhibit, "Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic." "This was not primarily, in...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle What's It Like for a Married Couple to Collaborate on a Violent, Sexually-Threatening Movie? Ask Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton

What's It Like for a Married Couple to Collaborate on a Violent, Sexually-Threatening Movie? Ask Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton

Mark Duplass has established himself as half of an independent film power couple. Over the last few years, the writer-director-producer-actor of the micro-budget mumblecore genre and his brother Jay (who are together known as the -- and whose production company is called -- Duplass Brothers) have worked on character-rich feature...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle As Live Talks Los Angeles Turns Three Years Old, Its Founder Explains What Makes a Great Conversation

As Live Talks Los Angeles Turns Three Years Old, Its Founder Explains What Makes a Great Conversation

Ronald Reagan may have been the Great Communicator, but Ted Habte-Gabr is obsessed with conversation. Habte-Gabr produces Live Talk Los Angeles, a series of events that pair interesting names -- often of the literary world -- for sit-down interviews in front of hundreds of people. His first event featured acclaimed...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Seinfeld</i> Writer Peter Mehlman, Credited With Catchphrases Like 'Yada Yada Yada,' Tells Us About His New Book

Seinfeld Writer Peter Mehlman, Credited With Catchphrases Like 'Yada Yada Yada,' Tells Us About His New Book

Peter Mehlman certainly has a flair for the English language. As a writer for beloved 1990s sitcom Seinfeld, he mainstreamed terms like shrinkage, sponge-worthy and "yada yada yada," the last of which has such a footing in pop culture vernacular that it's part of the Oxford English Dictionary. Heck. Even...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 10 Best Women's Shoe Stores in Los Angeles

10 Best Women's Shoe Stores in Los Angeles

Whether you're indulging your inner Carrie Bradshaw's need for Manolo Blahnik or looking for your sneaker holy grail, Los Angeles has a shoe store for you. Here's a rundown of where to find the pumps, loafers, trainers, wedges, slingbacks, flats and everything in between to satisfy anyone's retifism. See also:...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Wicked</i> Writer Winnie Holzman and Her Husband Paul Dooley Wrote and Star in a Play Together. It Only Took Them 28 Years

Wicked Writer Winnie Holzman and Her Husband Paul Dooley Wrote and Star in a Play Together. It Only Took Them 28 Years

Television and theater writer Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked) and her husband, character actor Paul Dooley (i.e. your go-to when casting the consoling dad or grandfather), seem to have one of those enviable long-term marriages. They know how to crack each other up, finish each other's sentences and are...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Who Was Howard Ahmanson Sr. and How Did He Change L.A.? A New Book Tries to Answer

Who Was Howard Ahmanson Sr. and How Did He Change L.A.? A New Book Tries to Answer

Much as been made of the look and feel of post-War Southern California -- be it the mid-century modern décor, the urban sprawl, the Googie architecture of restaurants and shops or the tailfin cars. But what about the people who helped finance it all? Howard Ahmanson, Sr. (1906-1968) is remembered...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Sexy Feminism</i> Authors Give Tips on How to Be a Modern Feminist

Sexy Feminism Authors Give Tips on How to Be a Modern Feminist

Feminism -- or at least what it means to embrace it -- is a mess of opinions nowadays. While we almost always hold a united front on such things as equal pay and women's health, there are separate factions for everything from dating to dressing. Journalists Heather Wood Rudúlph (who...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date

10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date

See also: *10 Best L.A. Art Galleries For Partying *10 Oddball L.A. Museums Worth Seeing *10 Places in L.A. to Draw Nude Models Coffee dates are the worn-in blue jeans of the dating world: about as unoriginal as a third date at a sushi bar, but still used as the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 6 Awesome L.A. Sports Leagues You Can Join

6 Awesome L.A. Sports Leagues You Can Join

See also: *10 Places in L.A. to Draw Nude Models *Top 10 Gyms in L.A. *Top 10 Bars With the Hottest Women in L.A. For all those sick of the gym but who are still holding tight to their New Year's resolution to get in shape, there's Zogsports. The social...…
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