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Liana Aghajanian

The Discostan crew — Kirk Gee

Discostan Features Music From "Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay"

The strong smell of sandalwood-infused Indian Chandan Dhoop incense fills Arshia Haq's Echo Park apartment as she gets ready for the night. She has recently arrived back in the city after working on a music documentary in India and Pakistan, and the jet lag hasn't subsided - nor has that......
Guerilla gardener Ron Finley.; Credit: Ryan Orange

Ron Finley: South Central L.A.'s Guerilla Gardener

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. One morning Ron Finley woke up to an unusual sight: A couple, with coffee cups in hand, was sitting on his front lawn and taking in the view. In fairness to......
Jeff Zarrillo (left) and Paul Katami (right)

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo: They Fought Prop. 8, and Everyone Won

See our entire Couples Issue 2014 here. Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo remember the exact moment when they decided enough was enough. It was 2009, and California's same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, had passed. The National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit formed to push for such bans, had launched an......
Once on her way to being a rock n' roll photographer

Placenta: It's What's for Dinner

See also: *Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A. *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week On a sunny Friday morning in Venice, Valerie Rosas is standing in a kitchen, carefully cutting little pieces of meat with a chef's knife on a disposable cutting......
Jonny Hwang; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

Jonny Hwang: The Man Who Invented 626 Night Market

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2013 issue. Check out our entire People 2013 issue here. After being born in Taiwan, then living in Kansas for three years, then–6-year-old Jonny Hwang arrived in Monterey Park, the city that's home to the largest concentration of Chinese-Americans in......
Asa Soltan Rahmati; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

Asa Soltan Rahmati: The Shahs of Sunset's Persian Pop Priestess

href="https://www.laweekly.com/microsites/people-2013/" target="_blank">One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2013 issue. Check out our entire People 2013 issue here. What to say about The Shahs of Sunset? The Ryan Seacrest–produced show offers a look into the flamboyant lives of six Persian-Americans as they navigate life, love and the......
Credit: Kevin Scanlon

Liz McDuffie: Holy Smoker

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. Growing up in Louisiana in the 1950s, Liz McDuffie's only relief from debilitating migraines was pushing her skull against the headboard of her bed to release pressure. As an adult,......