The Short Stack: The Los Angeles Week in Review, 11/10/14 – 11/14/14

A news and culture roundup made to order


Kershaw Scores
Madison Bumgarner, who? He may not have brought it home for the Dodgers during the October playoffs, but that didn’t stop the Baseball Writers’ Association of America from unanimously choosing Clayton Kershaw as the winner of the National League Cy Young Award. It’s the pitching ace’s third Cy Young in four years. This season he threw his first career no-hitter (against the Rockies) and went 21-3 for the year, leading the Dodgers to an NL West title. That’s the cold shoulder, fog town.

Business Model
Women’s clothing and accessories designer Tory Burch (she’s got more than 140 eponymous stores) is bringing her Elizabeth Street Capital initiative to Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti stopped by an event to kick off the program on Wednesday morning, which provides women business owners with low-cost loans. Bank of America has put $10 million toward the initiative to nurture and develop female entrepreneurs, which is always a worthy investment.

A Mace in the Crowd
A theatergoer maced a guy who asked her to turn off her cell phone during an AFI Fest screening of Mr. Turner. How anything could get so heated during a Mike Leigh (!) biopic of a renowned landscape painter is more surreal than the recent street character brawl on Hollywood Boulevard between Mr. Incredible and Batgirl. It’s very un-British behavior, to say the least. Let’s get a proposition on the next ballot banning cell phones from theaters, period.

Port Decisions
More than 40 percent of the stuff that comes into this country (aka imports) moves through the L.A. and Long Beach ports. So when truck drivers decide to strike (like they did for five days in July), matters of national importance (like, um, the economy) can come into quick focus. Drivers from two major firms started protesting Thursday morning, claiming that said firms have reneged on the terms of their July agreement over alleged labor law violations. If a mediator is needed, said a spokesperson for the port, it could get extra messy since longshore workers are not on a contract, which is a key difference between now and July.


Bury the Hachette
Did you read Edan Lepucki‘s dystopian debut, California? Now’s the time to order it. Amazon has seemingly settled its price war with Hachette, one of the world’s largest publishers. The retail giant wanted to set the price of Hachette’s e-books at $9.99 each. Hachette (rightly, in our opinion) thought they should have power over that decision. After negotiations broke down, Amazon started delaying shipments of Hachette books, which created fodder for many a commentator, including Stephen Colbert. Hachette titles should be available just in time for the holidays.

In the Bag
Traffic is a bear, especially when a SigAlert is standing between you and a leather clutch. Used to be, if you wanted one of those buttery soft Clare Vivier handbags, you had to drive to Silver Lake to buy it. That’s Vivier’s neighborhood, after all, and the location of her one retail store—until this week. On Tuesday Vivier opened an outlet on Montana Avenue, designed by Barbara Bestor and full of that pretty Santa Monica light.

Bill’s Back
Foodies in the Valley have yet another new yummy dining option: Barrel & Ashes, the Studio City barbecue temple from restaurateur Bill Chait and two (yes, two) French Laundry alums—Timothy Hollingsworth and Rory Herrmann—has opened on Ventura Boulevard. With cocktails by master mixer Julian Cox, this place is sure to be a game changer.

Show of Power
Cue the zester, this is when we get nostalgic. The truly divey (as in the last dive bar in Hollywood) Power House on Highland closed this summer for renovations, and we got a first look this week at its gussied-up newness. Now known as Jeffrey Best’s Power House, it’s got a swanky craft cocktail menu and a whole new look. Kind of a miracle it lasted as long as it did. You can always replicate the dive experience with a post-cocktail fritter from Highland Donuts down the street.


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