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Best Place to Buy Plants

From the street, Mickey Hargitay Plants looks slightly more exotic than the plants section of a Home Depot, but that changes immediately once you step into the store's 1,500-foot greenhouse. There trees, succulents, cacti, bromeliads and carnivorous plants compete for attention; a few corridors have plants stacked three shelves high......
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Best Italian Market

For more than 50 years, the family-owned Sorrento Italian Market has brought a taste of its creator's native Italy to the Culver City area. The old-fashioned Sorrento's has the solution to any craving for Italian, no matter your budget. If you're down for DIY, take home some 100 percent Sicilian......

Real Estate

The five guys behind New Jersey-born band Real Estate are heading directly toward an overtly Wilco-esque spot in the pantheon of classic indie rock, and they wouldn't balk at the comparison. In addition to the interest and influence it has found in Wilco, Real Estate recorded its newest album, this......
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10 Proudly Feminist Musicians

Many musicians don't seem to know what to make of the word "feminist." Lady Gaga, for example, has both denied the label and then adopted it. Ke$ha says she's a feminist "in some ways," and Kelly Clarkson won't touch the word with a 10-foot pole. Madonna, for what it's worth,......

Strippin' Around the Christmas Tree

On the sliding scale between "naughty" and "nice," Santa usually ranks as sweet as the cookies he gorges himself on. But as Peep-show Menagerie plans to prove, nothing changes that quite like candy-cane G-strings -- and Martians. The monthly burlesque show-case rings in the holidays with notable names from Oklahoma......

A Visit to Ooo

Cartoon Network's popular animated series Adventure Time tracks the story of intrepid human Finn and his magical canine sidekick Jake, but the Emmy-winning result is significantly less tear-jerking and more bonkers than fellow boy-and-his-dog classics like Old Yeller. (Think less Where the Red Fern Grows and more Where Literally Anything......

I'll Take a Manhattan

Somehow, the Year of the Cocktail became the Years of the Cocktail -- and now the spotlight is on the classics. But before you place your bet on whether this means a renaissance or a fad, consult the experts: During an evening of hard questions and hard alcohol, a panel......
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Amber Liu: An Androgynous K-pop Star

Alongside the four other doll-like, pitch-perfect women in her K-pop group, Amber Liu is out of place. She hails from Los Angeles, for starters. Her parents are Taiwanese. More than anything, though, it's her look. While her chic counterparts wear matching skirts and dresses, Liu sticks to shorts, muscle shirts......