Meet your team of hardworking Angelenos bringing the best of the city’s food, music, arts, culture, entertainment and cannabis coverage to you!
Publisher and CEO Brian Calle
Associate Publisher and COO Erin Domash
Chief of Staff Trevor Smith
Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Darrick Rainey
Darrick Rainey is the EIC and Creative Director for the LA Weekly. A Hollywood native with an obsession for underground art and music, began his career with a background in art direction for advertising and marketing. His alt-weekly addiction started in San Francisco for the SF Weekly and, upon his arrival to the LA Weekly as Creative Director, he continued to design and manage award winning creative for the Seattle Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, OC Weekly and The Village Voice.
Music Editor Brett Callwood
Some say he was forged in the fiery pits of Asgard, while others believe that a Disney princess wished him to life. The truth is somewhere in-between, and yet completely unrelated (he was spawned in the north of England). Callwood’s life in music journalism began when, after attending numerous dive bar shows and driving friends to distraction with his endless observations, one of those friends convinced him to write that gold dust down, probably so that he’d leave them alone. It worked — Callwood wrote for UK magazines such as Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Bizarre, and wrote biographies of the MC5 and The Stooges, before relocating to the United States. In Detroit, Callwood worked his way up to the position of music editor at the Metro Times alternative weekly. His byline has also appeared in the SF Weekly, OC Weekly, Tucson Weekly and Denver Westword alt weeklies, and national publications/websites such as Music Connection, idobi Radio and Alternative Press. He believes that the music editor position at any city’s alt weekly is the best job in that city, and to hold that responsibility in Los Angeles is an incredible honor. He lives with his beautiful wife and son in Long Beach, and he can’t believe his luck.
Culture & Entertainment Editor Lina Lecaro
Lina Lecaro is LA Weekly’s Culture & Entertainment Editor. She has been a contributor and columnist at the Weekly for over 2 decades. She has written two books, Los Angeles’ Best Dive Bars and Never Mind the Rules. She covers nightlife, fashion, news, film and TV, music, art, shopping and events here and for other publications including Playboy, Billboard, Variety, Consequence of Sound and the WOW Report. Her radio show “Hot Licks with Lina,” broadcasts every Sunday from 2-4pm PST on Luxuriamusic.com. She was recently nominated for “Journalist of the Year” by the Los Angeles Press Club. She is a proud Latina, LA native, liberal, feminist and mother. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@LinaLecaro).
Arts Editor Shana Nys Dambrot
Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the LA Weekly, and an award-winning contributor to Flaunt, Art and Cake, Artillery, and Palm Springs Life. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes essays for books and catalogs, curates and juries a few exhibitions each year, is a dedicated Instagram photographer and author of experimental short fiction, and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally.
Food Editor Michele Stueven
A native Angelena, Michele Stueven is L.A. Weekly’s Food Editor and has been a personal chef, caterer, food stylist and blogger in Los Angeles. She studied Journalism at California State University Northridge before moving on to the Associated Press and Time Inc., where she produced award-winning multimedia content across platforms. She’s a farmer’s market fixture (and paparazzo) frequenting markets across the city, celebrating seasonal ingredients and the restaurants that serve them. When she’s not picking strawberries and tomatoes in Oxnard or fishing for lingcod off the Channel Islands, you’ll find her giving regular cooking demonstrations at the state of the art demo kitchen at Bloomingdale’s in the Westfield Century City Mall or moderating conferences on food and wellness and the future of food sustainability in L.A.
Calendar Editor Falling James
Falling James is a Los Angeles–based writer who has written for Flipside, Contrast, Ben Is Dead, Fiz, Los Angeles Reader, Carbon 14, Artillery, Virus, Bent, The Village Voice, Neon Truck, Dispatch Detroit and other publications. The former music editor of the Los Angeles culture magazine Glue, the journalist was previously a news reporter, columnist and editor at Palisadian-Post. James started at L.A. Weekly as a freelance writer in 1987 and joined the alt-weekly as a staffer and union member in the mid-1990s. Falling James has also been the newspaper’s longtime copy chief before becoming calendar editor and staff writer. Although best known for covering a wide range of music from rock, punk, rap, pop, noise and underground music to classical, opera and avant-garde music, James has written extensively about literature and spoken word, art, film, dance, theater, comedy, gender equality, Native American culture, politics and travel.
Copy Editor Avery Bissett
Marketing Associate Joel Lara
Sales Director Christopher Hubbert
Multimedia Account Executive Film and Theater Elisa Anthony
Multimedia Account Executive Clubs and Live Music Andrew Gyger
Multimedia Account Executive Jeannie Johnson
Multimedia Account Executive Craig Fralick
Multimedia Account Executive Ozzie Rosales
Sales Coordinator Whitney Crossley
Production Manager Jorge Picado
Production Designer Nicole Lonberger
Staff Accountant Clint Mayher
Human Resources Lindsey Mallon