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Melody Ehsani

Rihanna Wears This Designer's Jewelry — and You Can Afford It, Too

One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. Long before opening the first female-focused store in the male streetwear–dense enclave of Fairfax Avenue, Melody Ehsani interned on Capitol Hill. "I got there a week after Sept. 11, so it was surreal. The Pentagon had just......

The Karate Kid 30

“Wax on, wax off.” If you’re an ’80s baby, this phrase will have an immediate effect on your state of mind: most likely Zenlike awareness, followed by warm nostalgia — all thanks to the teachings of Mr. Miyagi. The World War II veteran and karate master hero played by Pat......

El Veloria

Did you sleep through Halloween? Or conversely, party so hard that you feel as if you need to make up for your debauchery with some culture? Well, good news: Another huge, fun and culturally rich All Soul’s Day event is coming up: the Día de los Muertos celebration at Plaza......

Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture

In 2002, Los Angeles' Historic Filipinotown became the United States' first official "historic Filipinotown," a well-deserved designation: L.A. is home to the largest population of Filipino-Americans in the country. The southwest enclave of Echo Park, bounded by Hoover, Glendale, Beverly and Temple, has historic origins dating back to the 1940s,......

Native Voices at the Autry's First Look Series: Then and Now

Attempts to eradicate Native American culture came in many shapes and forms, the most insidious effort, arguably, undertaken with books and bunk beds rather than swords and bullets. Native Voices at the Autry, the 20-year-old theater ensemble dedicated to work by, about and for Native American, Alaskan Native, Hawaiian and......

Los Angeles Doggie Street Festival

When economic times are tough, it's not only humans who suffer. Job loss and foreclosure have consequences for four-legged companions as well: The worse off people are, the more family pets are abandoned or turned in to shelters. San Diego documentarian Jude Artenstein got a good lesson on this in......

Whatever

What should you do for entertainment on Sunday? Whatever. How can you get some good laughs in while supporting the arts? Whatever! That's not an expression of ennui - Whatever is a new, monthly stand-up night at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, born of the bromance between comedians......

Whatever

What should you do for entertainment on Sunday? Whatever. How can you get some good laughs in while supporting the arts? Whatever! That's not an expression of ennui - Whatever is a new, monthly stand-up night at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, born of the bromance between comedians......

The Lavender Menace

While 50,000 people are expected at this weekend's West Hollywood Pride Fest concert, you'll have to fork over $20 to $35 ($65 to $100 if you want to get all VIP about it) to see Saturday night's smokin' sirens Azealia Banks and Jennifer Hudson, or Sunday's girl groups Danity Kane......
Retta; Credit: Photo by Ryan Orange

Retta: How She Broke Out of the Background on Parks and Recreation

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. Since the October 2011 episode of NBC's Parks and Recreation in which Retta's Donna Meagle and Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford team up to sample all of Pawnee, Indiana's finest scarves, mimosas and......