Nancy Rommelmann

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Money Changes Everything

As someone whose midday meal usually consists of leftovers, or a tamale from the cheapie-but-goodie taco hut up the street, I am not even on a last-name basis with the $65 lunch. Not that this renders me immune from ladies-who-lunch envy, and lately, no place has inspired more food-lust than......
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Couscous, Bang Bang

Perhaps it‘s the locals’ involvement in the visual and performing arts (and the just-scraping-by that often comes with it), but the dining scene in Silver Lake often reflects a preference for good looks or personality over commendable cuisine. Enter Chameau, a small and fetching French-Moroccan restaurant whose subtle decor and......

Jena at 15

Like most dreams, Jena and Debbie Malone’s was uninformed and optimistic: Daughter and mother would move to Los Angeles for a year so 10-year-old Jena could pursue her acting ambitions. “It‘s every parent’s fantasy, to have your kid winning an Academy Award, saying, ‘I want to thank my mother and......

Us and Them

Photo by Virginia Lee Hunter"BESIDES THE 15 WOODEN GUN LOCKERS MOUNTED ON THE BACK WALL BETWEEN THE BATHROOMS, there's nothing about the Short Stop that immediately gives it away as an LAPD hangout. While it may be heavy on department paraphernalia -- a display case full of miniature badges; fliers......

Hailey's Comet

Photo by Alec ByrneDigital Editing by LA Weekly Art Dept.THE PREMIERE OF THE PSYCHO-THRILLER 12 MONKEYS was in most respects a typical Hollywood event. TV cameras followed the film's star, Bruce Willis, and his wife, Demi Moore, along with such guests as Jean-Claude Van Damme and billionaire Steve Wynn, as......

40 Bucks and a Dream

The first thing one sees upon checking into the Saharan Motor Hotel is a man’s naked butt. He’s lying on his stomach by the pool, shaved head glistening with sweat above a hairy back. Another angle reveals he is wearing a black thong, hiked as high as anatomical constraints allow,......
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