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Francesca Lia Block's Noir Genius Shines Darkly in "Beyond the Pale Hotel"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Sitting in the lovely patio eating a vegan falafel bowl with Block across from me wearing a black tank top, black skinny jeans, and shiny pink Nike high-tops, I couldn't help feeling like I'd fallen into a Block novel.

Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw at the Mark Taper Forum

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Dark comedies -- especially those that lampoon social and sexual mores -- often lose their edge and humor over time. But Orton's work continues to dazzle, especially in the hands of director John Tillinger and a talented cast at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Old Dogs & New Tricks: The Oral History of a 'Gay' Web Series (Part 2)

Brad Liberti | Posted 11.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Liberti

To this day, Leon Acord marvels at how successfully his beloved Old Dogs made the transition from his brain to the page to the screen. He credits his "dream team" of actors for making this possible and once again wonders what he's done karmically to deserve such luck. I tell him what he did was write a fantastic script.

The Beverly Hills School Board Is Wasting Your Money Fighting the Subway

Joel Epstein | Posted 11.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Maybe now the Los Angeles County Counsel will sit up and take notice that not everyone in Beverly Hills is happy with the School Board's misuse of their hard earned dough. It is about government ethics, accountability and transparency.

Here Is Where Homes Are Most Affordable For The Middle Class

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business

If you're struggling to buy a home in San Francisco or New York, you may want to consider Dayton or Rochester. Those are two of the U.S. cities whe...

Suspect In California Shooting Rampage Charged With Three More Murders

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 11.20.2014 | Crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of going on a five-day shooting rampage that killed four people was charged with new counts Thursday that could bri...

Top Hotel Chefs Dish Out Their Exclusive Thanksgiving Recipes

trivago | Posted 11.20.2014 | Taste
trivago

We guarantee that these dishes are worth every last bite.

Finding Soul in LA: Five Creative Adventures in the City

Roxie Sarhangi | Posted 11.20.2014 | Los Angeles
Roxie Sarhangi

I love taking classes. I love learning. Since graduating college, I've signed up for courses all over LA, from UCLA Extension's writing seminars (they're great!) to improv workshops at The Groundlings (good too!). And I won't even get into all the acting classes I have experienced.

Astronauts, Art, and Slideluck: A Conversation With Casey Kelbaugh

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
J.L. Sirisuk

Casey Kelbaugh, driven through a need for community and the gathering of creative minds, created Slideluck in Seattle fourteen years ago in the small backyard of his home, encouraging attendees to bring home-cooked meals and load slides of their work upon arrival.

Southern California Has Best of Broadway Musicals Now

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
Charles Karel Bouley

Different plays, different moods, different methods but common themes that make for extraordinary nights of live theatre.

Nine Hotel Rooms That Encourage Naughtiness

Oyster | Posted 11.17.2014 | Travel
Oyster

he more modest features these hotels offer include steamy whirlpool tubs or intimacy kits in the minibars, while more elaborate options include rooms equipped with erotic photographs, rotating beds, and mirrored ceilings.

Saving Simon Rodia's Watts Towers in L.A. (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
VernissageTV

In spite of being one of the most unique works of art, the Watts Towers by Simon Rodia are on The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide list of th...

Flying Lotus "You're Dead" Tour at The Wiltern in Los Angeles

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

My toes began to tap uncontrollably, trying to keep up with my swiveling hips. A long time fan of Mr. Oizo, a derivation of the French word oiseau meaning "bird," I was saturated with excitement. His dark lyrics and grimy house beats made me feel invincible.

Misty Boyce Song Premiere: 'The Life' She's Chosen Is Worth Celebrating

Michael Bialas | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Even though it includes only 10 songs (all penned by Boyce), The Life, to be released in January, is an impressive body of work for good reason.

Old Dogs & New Tricks: The Oral History of a 'Gay' Web Series (Part 1)

Brad Liberti | Posted 11.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Liberti

Leon Acord isn't exactly feeling perky today. No, he's not kvetching because his wildly successful Web series -- which follows the lives of four gay men over the age of 40 trying to navigate life and love in L.A. -- is gearing up to premiere its highly anticipated third season. The truth of the matter is that he's just a little tired.

Bootcamp Barry's Not So Scary

Michelle Blair Wilker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Michelle Blair Wilker

How does a skinny kid from the Bronx with a passion for horror flicks and Broadway become the godfather of an international bootcamp chain? Barry Jay Stich didn't set out to become the namesake of an ever-growing workout empire, it just kind of happened.

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.

Gratitude Speaks: Ellie Laks, The Gentle Barn

Miriam Ava | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Miriam Ava

Gratitude Speaks creates worlds. Gratitude Speaks brings forth what has not existed before. It's wild, and free, and magical. Through Gratitude Spe...

Riding the Sunset Limited

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 11.11.2014 | Travel
Arthur Hoyle

Recently my wife and I rode Amtrak's Sunset Limited from Los Angeles to New Orleans. We were heading out for a two-week vacation tour of Louisiana and...

Los Angeles Monsignor Reinstated A Decade After Abuse Claim

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A high-ranking Roman Catholic official has been exonerated of clergy sex abuse allegations by a Vatican tribunal after a decade o...

Yoga Anyone?

Rachel Wahba | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

When I arrived in Los Angeles ten years earlier as an eighteen year old foreigner, it wasn't Kobe, and it was a lot bigger than The American Pharmacy. I was about to live my dream of being surrounded by Americans, especially American Jews.

The Status Quo Is Not Working: Our Returning Vets Deserve Better

Dr. Anthony Hassan | Posted 11.07.2014 | Los Angeles
Dr. Anthony Hassan

Our findings confirm what we had long believed to be the case. Our separating service members are not getting the help and services they need -- and deserve.

Charles Barkley Will Not Eat Until The Los Angeles Lakers Win A Game

The Huffington Post | Kyle Franco | Posted 11.07.2014 | Sports

Bold statements are nothing new for Charles Barkley. During TNT's pregame show Thursday night, Barkley claimed that he would not "eat another meal" un...

Westwood Boulevard Should Be a Great Street -- With Bicycle Lanes

Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 11.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN

Reducing our car dependency will play a major role in improving the quality of life in our great city, and highly traveled streets like Westwood Boulevard can set the example for streets that facilitate zero-emission transportation options of cycling and walking.

Worthy of the Commander-in-Chief: A Dozen Hotels Where U.S. Presidents Have Stayed

Oyster | Posted 11.06.2014 | Travel
Oyster

While leading the country is one of the harder jobs you can have, it does come with a few perks. We imagine the extensive traveling is exhausting, but at least it gives presidents the chance to see some amazing places and stay in some of the world's most luxurious hotels: Four-poster beds, dining rooms, and spacious bathrooms are always on the checklist.