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Random Acts of Happiness

  Random (Organized) Act: Penny WiseEspecially after the fiscal disruption of last year, who hasn’t been meaning to get their affairs in order? L.A. professional organizer Regina Leeds has a...

Simone Legno

Photograph by Coral Von Zumwalt Anywhere but here: Never mind that he grew up in visually alluring Rome. It was Japan that fascinated art school grad Simone Legno. “It’s sophisticated...

Someone told me that an old theater on downtown’s Main Street has reopened and shows only Japanese films. True?

The theater was called the Arrow when it opened in 1925. In the 1960s, it was renamed the Linda Lea and began playing Japanese films. Closed in the mid-’80s,...

Tasting Kitchen

When Abbot Kinney’s AK restaurant closed, the owners didn’t skip a beat, immediately placing 26-year-old Casey Lane in charge of the kitchen at the high-profile space. Smart move. Lane's...

The Tavis Smiley Show opens with a long shot of the L.A. skyline. What’s with the building that looks like a carton of french fries?

Sir, I’m afraid to inform you that you’ve got McDonald’s on the brain. Those aren’t french fries, they’re fireworks, and that crumpled carton is the Walt Disney Concert Hall,...

Was there something toxic in those barrels I saw stored along Forest Lawn Drive next to the cemetery?

That’s the thing about graveyards—you don’t hear the residents complaining “there goes the neighborhood.” Those roped-off 55-gallon drums you spotted didn’t contain anything poisonous, only soil samples from the...

Xandros

The only thing that could divert your attention from the sword-balancing belly dancer gyrating between tables are the grilled prawns—each the size of a man’s dress shoe—on the plate...