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Mark Haskell Smith hard at work on a naked cruise.; Credit: Diana Faust

Why Do People Like to Be Naked in Public?

“Sometimes I’d find myself thinking, ‘that dude’s scrotum is really misshapen and weird,” Mark Haskell Smith says. “And then I’m like, ‘Why am I staring at the dude’s scrotum?’” Why, it was all in the name of research, the writer explains, as he sat sipping his coffee this past Memorial......
CSU's flagship urban farm at 3990 S. Menlo Ave.; Credit: Arthur Africano

Where to Find Chayote, Pineapple Sage and Amaranth Greens in South L.A.

Beneath the shadow of the L.A. Coliseum sits a modest, three-quarter-acre plot of land improbably studded with chayote, pineapple sage, amaranth greens, allspice trees, spiky mizuna, medicinal herbs including gotu kola and a fine example of the endangered California walnut tree. Known as the Expo Mini Urban Farm, it’s one......
Nadège August and Chris Gardner star as small-time criminals in Sunset Baby.; Credit: Photo by Jackson Kroopf

Showing How Black Liberation Gave Way to Hip-Hop

At the moment, Dominique Morisseau is the best kind of homeless. Just days before speaking with L.A. Weekly, the Detroit native had uprooted herself from Brooklyn to make her way out to Los Angeles. She was scrambling to find an apartment the same week as her first job in Hollywood,......