Raymond Chandler's novels and stories defined a kind of literary noir that made everyone see Los Angeles in a different light. After reading Chandler's masterpieces, such as The Big Sleep or The Long Goodbye (or his underrated, brilliant novel about Hollywood corruption, The Little Sister), it seems an air of mystique and menace envelops the very architecture of the city. If we look closely, as this photo essay shows, we can still glimpse Chandler's noir Los Angeles in details and moods. But for how long? Gentrification (in the form of "Business Improvement Districts") is proceeding at a steady pace in downtown and Hollywood, and many of the classic buildings are being completely renovated (or torn down). Experience this fascinating facet of our city before it's too late. (We recommend the book Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, by Elizabeth Ward and Alain Silver, the wonderful Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles by Kim Cooper, Paul Rogers and Herb Lester Associates, and the peerless Esotouric bus tour of Chandler-related sites.) All photos by Gustavo Turner (Instagram: @gustavoturner)
At the Los Angeles Harajuku Fashion Meet No. 7 took place Saturday, May 14, in Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, members of Harajuku Day took photos, exchanged fashion tips and showcased their newest kawaii accessories. Harajuku Day, a Los Angeles–based group of Harajuku fashion enthusiasts, has been putting together local gatherings since 2015. Angelenos attend the various meetings to celebrate the many Japanese street fashion–inspired styles, such as Lolita, decora, otome, gal, mahou kei and more. All photos by Shannon Cottrell
Bonnie Morgan, star of Rings (the Ring 3) and general LA Weekly fan favorite, took time out of her busy schedule to visit some of the gifting suites held in honor of the MTV Movie Awards.
There were two suites this weekend. The Secret Room Event's MTV Gifting Suite (in support of NPO “To Write Love On Her Arms”) at the SLS Hotel, along with GBK’s Pre-MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge (in support of NPO "Face Forward") at the Mandt Brothers Productions were held on Friday night before the show.
The GBK MTV Movie Awards Gifting Lounge at Mandt Brothers Productions in Hollywood
Some of the great gifts were a Benzac Acne Solutions kit, amazing tacos from Jaliscos Mobile Taco Grill , a bag of great handcrafted jewelry, soaps, and art from the independent artist collective The Artisan Group, a free dog walk from www.wagwalking.com, bras from www.wyliewilson.com, bracelet from MyIntent, and the super smooth vodka Voo Vodka.
My personal two favorite pieces were the great necklace I got from Bullets 4 Peace. When bullets get shot, it’s casing falls to the floor, it is then collected by the manufacturers and reused, the jewelry company collects used bullet casings from around the world before they become a fully functioning bullet again. Giving them a new purpose – they are then hand crafted jewelry line promotion peace & compassion. I also can't wait to take the The Haute Brush, a hair straightener that combines your traditional flat iron & brush into one convenient ultimate beauty tool, and my next photo shoot.
Across the city, at the SLS hotel, the Secret Room Suite featured REPEAT Cashmere & Hemp Meds, JAM Cellars from Napa Valley, Tracey Tanner handbags, fur controlling Furfighters, Jase boards longboards, Twisted Cherries, Fake Bake and Bond Pet dog walking supplies. Bonnie couldn't wait to skateboard home on her new longboard.
Some celebrities also received the BIG BAG filled with goodies including The Truth Bar, Lawless jerky, The Revere Group, Dallas Caramel Company, Tribute.co, Vintage Wine estates, Sole options, SilcSkin, Great Wolf Lodge, Kind Snacks, Luna Bar, Three works, Thera Cane, Aurora World, LL Bean, Ardezen LLC, Uunique London, Jane Carter Solution, Ton Savon INC, Winkniks, BabyFoot, Justins, Armani Wells Men's Store,Celebrity Pet Toys, NAILTIQUES, DrinkRE.com, Elysee Scientific Cosmetics, Coco Libre, Dolphin organics, ViaBuia Bags, BetsyWhite.com, Sweet Tooth Fairy, INKED by Dani, CHI for dogs, I ring, and Sedona Lace.
The Roaring Twenties Street Jam, founded by Danielle Neill Up&Up Productions, brought the 1920s back to life for the weekend in Los Feliz. The weekend-long celebration of the Jazz Age, from April 1 to 3, offered dancing and late-night speakeasies. It concluded with a party Sunday night at the historic Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, featuring Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys, a wine garden, carousel rides and, obviously, dancing. All photos by Star Foreman
Death Valley National Park — the hottest, driest and lowest land area in North America — is experiencing a "super bloom" as a result of the recent El Niño weather. The rare event blankets the usually barren desert with swaths of colorful wildflowers, which attract tourists from around the world. These photographs were shot March 7 and 8. All photos by Brian Feinzimer.
“I remember pressing up my own records, and as you watch a machine press down on your own vinyl, you think, this is your precious thing that you created, and you think about all of the fights that might have happened because of one song, all of the money, and...