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Karin E. Baker is a native Angelino who covers a wide range of topics in the culture and lifestyle arena, including pop culture, food, art, music, entertainment, fashion, architecture, travel, books, and film.

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'The Art of Motion Picture Design' at Los Angeles' FIDM Museum

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 3:34 PM

As a fan of both film and fashion, I never get tired of viewing movie costumes so it's always a pleasure to see the FIDM Museum & Galleries in Downtown Los Angeles unveil another exhibit of costumes for public viewing. The Art of Motion Picture Design, now in...

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The World's Greatest Typewriter Collection, Now on View in Los Angeles

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 1:49 PM

While computers have undeniably revolutionized the way people write, the typewriter remains a marvel-worthy object. Whether you appreciate their historic significance, their aesthetic beauty (the manual ones in particular are true objets d'art), or both, the Soboroff Typewriter Collection, currently viewable by the public at the Paley Center...

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Forma: Cheese-Centric Italian Arrives in Santa Monica

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 9:57 AM

One of the most eagerly anticipated new restaurants in LA just opened its doors, and I'm happy to note that it lives up to the hype. Forma, located on Santa Monica's Montana Avenue, derives its name from the Italian word "formaggio," the centerpiece ingredient at this new eatery.

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PlaceInvaders: New York City Pop-Up Dinner Series Now Invading Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 2:36 AM

PlaceInvaders is the latest pop-up dining series to hit Los Angeles. Started in New York by Brooklynites Hagan Blount and Katie Smith-Adair, PlaceInvaders aims to take LA by storm with delicious, five-course dinners, all made from scratch, in unique, transient locations.

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Learn to Make Ant Salsa From the Mexican Chef Who Might Be the Next Big Thing

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 1:46 PM

Up-and-coming young chef Ana Paula Oviedo Gomez is a culinary student in Mexico City. In May, she won the second annual Ultimate Culinary Clash, a cooking competition at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco, for her creative Tacos de Lechon.

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InterContinental Ultimate Culinary Clash winning...

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How to Make a Caprese Martini (Recipe Included)

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 10:25 AM

Why confine the classic flavors of fresh basil, tomato, mozzarella, and olive oil to the plate when you can also enjoy them in a martini glass? With the arrival of spring, imbibers looking for a seasonally inspired cocktail might want to try a Caprese Martini. Gracy Ramirez, Head Bartender at...

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Yardbird: Award-Winning Southern Cuisine Hits Las Vegas

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 1:23 PM

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Yardbird, the new Southern restaurant at The Venetian in Las Vegas, is further proof that Southern food definitely remains on trend. The Sin City location is Yardbird's second. The first, located in Miami, has been a huge hit: it earned...

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Ol' Blue Eyes Returns to the Las Vegas Strip

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 11:32 PM

If you've ever wished you could step in time -- specifically to Las Vegas in the 1960s -- to see Frank Sinatra perform, now's a good time to make your way to Sin City. A newly opened show, Frank: The Man. The Music, is a stylish homage to the man...

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Jules Muck Brings Street Art to Santa Monica's Hotel Casa del Mar

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 2:00 AM

Street art is not what you expect to encounter in the elegant lobby of Santa Monica's luxurious Hotel Casa del Mar, which makes the hotel's newly installed temporary street art installation a most welcome surprise. This new piece of art, created by local street artist Jules Muck, serves as camouflage...

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The Lusty Vegan: A New Cookbook for Vegans & the People Who Date Them

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 8:49 AM

The Lusty Vegan is a new book aiming to bridge the gustatory and sexual divides between vegans and omnivores. Billing itself not just as a cookbook but also "a relationship manifesto for vegans and the people who love them," The Lusty Vegan was authored by Ayinde Howell, a lifelong vegan...

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Michael Flomen's Wild Nights: Photos That Pulsate With Nature, Life and Sex

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Los Angeles art lovers, if you haven't had a chance yet to visit Boîte Noire Gallery in West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center, you should head over there soon. The recently opened gallery's fascinating inaugural exhibition, Wild Nights, closes on September 26. These gorgeous large-scale photos, never before seen...

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5 Very Stylish Reasons to Visit Beverly Hills in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Beverly Hills in high style with five brand-new hotel experiences available only through the end of 2014. In honor of the centenary of one of the world's most glamorous cities, five luxurious Beverly Hills hotels have each created a unique new suite designed to transport...

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Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels Auction to Include Jewels From Eydie Gorme's Estate

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Sotheby's New York is auctioning a collection of exquisite jewelry, much of it vintage, on April 29. The group of baubles, from such venerable jewelers as Harry Winston and Cartier, includes pieces from the private collection of the late singer Eydie Gorme.

I had the opportunity to view and...

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The Champagne Cocktail They'll Be Drinking at The Golden Globes

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 4:32 PM

The Golden Globes are always fun to watch (and attend, no doubt), due in no small part to the relaxed nature of the presentation: unlike the formality of the Academy Awards, attendees of the Golden Globes relax at dining tables at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, jawing with their neighbors and...

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Eva Peron's Brooch a Highlight of Christie's "Magnificent Jewels" Auction

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:22 PM

I don't have an extra $300,000 to $500,000 lying around waiting to be spent, but if I did, I'd give some serious thought to bidding on a piece of history: Eva's Van Cleef & Arpels diamond-and-sapphire brooch, up for auction at Christie's in New York on October 15.

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French Artist Barzolff on His First US Exhibit

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 11:14 AM

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French artist Barzolff, aka David Nicolas, recently brought his first US exhibition to Here is Elsewhere Gallery at West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center. Barzolff began his career as a trailblazing Parisian street artist. Going by the nom de can...

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Hello, Whirled: A Peek at the Creative Studio That Helps Clients Like Google and The White House Share Their Stories

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Since 2010, Internet behemoth Google has turned to a tiny ad shop that employs just five full-timers to encapsulate and share the most vivid, noteworthy impressions of the previous year. That ad company, Whirled, based in Venice, California, creates videos that have garnered over 100 million collective views.

Each annual...

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Major Renovations at LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal: 'We Want to Bring Back the Romance of Travel'

(11) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 10:48 AM

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Photo credit: Moment Factory

Angelenos, prepare to celebrate changes at LAX harkening back to the days when international travel was an elegant affair. After too many years with an outdated, substandard international terminal, LAX is about to enjoy a chic, über-modern international terminal...

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Le Grand Fooding Crush Paris-LA: A Gustatory Love Affair

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 11:10 AM

Foodies in LA enjoyed a new culinary event last week: Le Grand Fooding Crush Paris-LA. Taking place outside Downtown LA's Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, this two-evening collaboration between some of the best chefs from the City of Angels and the City of Lights was a spinoff of Fooding,...

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Paintings of Iconic Blues Musicians Captured in William Stout's Legends of the Blues (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Master illustrator William Stout presents Legends of the Blues, a gorgeous book featuring 100 portraits of legendary blues musicians. Veteran illustrator Stout, who counts such varied artistic talents as R. Crumb, J.C. Lyendecker, Alphonse Mucha, and Alberto Vargas among his influences, is particularly suited to this project. A longtime fan...

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