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Light Years

Illustration by Gracia Lam I am lying in bed reading the paper. It is dusk and still warm out. The windows are open, and I can feel the early night...

Bespoken: Donna Karan

Photograph by Ruven Afandor You’ve just opened your first Urban Zen store in L.A., which sells furniture, housewares, and accessories handcrafted by artisans from developing nations.Urban Zen isn’t just a...

Cash In the Attic

Illustration by Bill Brown For several years a payroll check signed by Cecil B. De Mille was stuck with a magnet to my refrigerator door. I paid a couple of...

I heard there’s a giant rodent called a capybara roaming a golf course somewhere. Is it dangerous?

Illustration by Jason Schneider Even though they weigh more than 100 pounds and have incisors the size of golf tees, capybaras are docile herbivores. “The capy is very mild mannered...

I miss the mural on the 101 between Broadway and Spring Street with the marble statues floating in space. In its place they put up a smaller version. What’s up with the substitution?

Photograph courtesy viewfromaloft.typepad.com.jpg That stretch of the Hollywood Freeway was probably the first art gallery I ever visited. John Wehrle’s Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo was 207 feet long when it was...

Maximiliano

Photograph courtesy maximilianohp.com Andre Guerrero, who brought Oinkster to Eagle Rock, is investing further in his Eastside hometown with Maximiliano. The valet sticks out like a sore thumb along this...

Second Act

Ever since Lisa Kline was a fashion-obsessed nine-year-old living in Encino, she dreamed of opening her own clothing store. Diagnosed with scoliosis, she was confined by a back brace...

One Rose Parade Float Goes Local

Going back to the first spectacle in 1890, the Tournament of Roses Parade has always celebrated the botanical bounty of Southern California—how just about anything grows here, and prolifically....

Meet Rose Queen Drew Washington

Seventeen-year-old Drew Washington is a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Canada Flintridge. She’s also this year’s Tournament of Roses Rose Queen. Between arm exercises and practicing...