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Zackary Drucker is an adviser on Amazon hit web series Transparent.; Credit: Photo by Ryan Orange

Meet Transparent's Trans Expert, Zackary Drucker

One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. Look hard and you might spot Zackary Drucker in Transparent, the Amazon dramedy about Mort-who's-becoming-Maura. Drucker appears on screen as a support-group facilitator for only a few moments, but her behind-the-scenes influence was profound. Along with filmmaker......
Jasleen Kohli is a veteran protester and director of UCLA's Critical Race Studies program.; Credit: Photo by Ryan Orange

Jasleen Kohli Teaches the Law — and Fights It Too

One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. Jasleen Kohli estimates that she’s attended more than 100 protests, but until 2013 she couldn’t get arrested in this town. As a lawyer, she often was called on to witness demonstrations and spring her fellow activists from......
Kabira Stokes employs former prisoners to salvage electronics.; Credit: Photo by Ryan Orange

Kabira Stokes Recycles Electronics — and People Too

One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. Things have come full circle for Kabira Stokes. Nearly 15 years after working as a wardrobe intern on the campy Wet Hot American Summer, Stokes was approaced by staff from the movie's upcoming sequel on Netflix. They......
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I Went to UCLA, But My Real Film School Was Vidiots

I graduated from film school at UCLA but my real education began the moment I stepped behind the counter at Vidiots. While my first film theory class found me pondering death's chess playing skills, watching Bronson Pinchot wield a rifle equipped with a microwave oven was just as important for......
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Ricardo Diaz and Armando De La Torre: Stewed, Where's My Taco?

Two of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. When Guisados set up shop on Cesar Chavez Avenue, it wasn't simply another taqueria in a city -- and neighborhood -- dense with them. It was the culinary and cultural......
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Nyesha Arrington: The Island Girl

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. It's hard to imagine upon meeting her, but Nyesha Arrington -- warm, friendly, quick to laughter -- used to be a thrower. Pans, mostly. But though she still works 14......
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Govind Armstrong: The Kid in the Kitchen

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. The debut of Post & Beam, chef Govind Armstrong's Baldwin Hills restaurant -- which he had the chutzpah to open on New Year's Eve, of all nights -- was billed......