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Malibu Barbie, a California Icon, Is Turning 50

The beloved doll launched back in 1971, and Mattel is celebrating with a pop-up truck tour
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How California-Born Restaurants Conquered America

From Taco Bell to McDonald’s, Wienerschnitzel to IHOP, most of the food giants that took over the world were cooked up in California. A look back at the origins of the real California cuisine.
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Does McDonald’s Shoot All Its TV Ads in a Defunct L.A. Restaurant?

Readers Ask Chris about Pacific Park, cemeteries, and more
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The Bar’s Open: The Triumphant Return of L.A.’s Classic Dives

Drink-slingers from Sherman Oaks to the South Bay tell us how these beloved bars withstood the pandemic shutdown—and what it's been like to open their doors once again
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How ‘Boyz N the Hood’ Shined a Spotlight on This South L.A. Street 30 Years Ago

Three decades ago, John Singleton's groundbreaking film turned Cimarron Street into a beloved L.A. landmark—and it's still celebrated today
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L.A. Lost a Gay Landmark in Oil Can Harry’s—but Memories Live On

In the wake of the legendary club's permanent closure, former employees walk us through highlights from its history
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‘Everything Was All Technicolor’: Artist Nick Taggart Transports Us Back to L.A. in 1980

A new exhibit of four-decade-old paintings is a glittering visual record of the pre-Reagan New Wave era in Los Angeles
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Are There Any Lesbian Bars Left in Los Angeles?

Readers Ask Chris about queer watering holes, Metro's seats, and more
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Randy’s Donuts Says It’s Been Famous Since ’62. History Tells a Different Story

Turns out the Inglewood landmark is a decade older than its boxes and merch claim
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In 1970, a Group of Gay Angelenos Plotted to Turn a Rural California County into a Gay Utopia

Los Angeles Gay Liberation Front created a media firestorm by declaring it would relocate gays to remote Alpine County to vote themselves into power. The plan failed—but it turned out that was the idea all along