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February 2012

The Ultimate Guide to Classic L.A.

Amuse Bouche: Kristofer Keith

Illustration by Andy Friedman I’m not a foodie at all. I eat when I’m hungry. Still, I always take the food into account when designing. If it’s fine dining,...

Best Karaoke

Photograph courtesy flickr/tetradtx In a city teeming with aspiring entertainers, you can’t swing a mic without hitting a karaoke joint. While Koreatown bars have been hubs since the karaoke...

Call of The Wild

Illustration by Gracia Lam I was walking my dogs recently, an early evening stroll around my Westside neighborhood, when a woman standing in her driveway stopped me. “You need to...

Near 1st and Broadway, just south of the criminal courts building, are the remains of a structure. An iron gate looks like it leads belowground. Was this a jail?

Photograph courtesy wikimedia.org That was formerly the 13-story State Office Building. It was built in 1931, in the Public Works Administration moderne style, but five years after it sustained irreparable...

Postscript: Call of the Wild

Photograph courtesy flickr/Dru Bloomfield I am amazed that I have never written about coyotes. I have lived in Los Angeles all my life and have been aware of them since...

Shoemaker of Dreams

Photograph courtesy Ferragamo Think of him as the Leonardo da Vinci of shoes. The designs of Salvatore Ferragamo are considered artistically important enough to have been the subject of exhibitions...

The Wind War

Illustration by Bill Brown My drive home on the Night of the Winds, as I have come to call that evening late last year when all hell broke loose...

Why can motorcycles blast our eardrums but cars get ticketed when they emit that level of noise?

Illustration by Jason Schneider Motorcycles aren’t supposed to get special treatment, but I, too, have had my face melted by some monster choppers. Cars and cycles are permitted an...

The Tuesday Afternoon Cram, 1/31/12

Everything you need to know from today’s front pages  Miramonte Elementary School Teacher Charged With Abusing Students During Class An investigation is underway. Rare Donkey-Zebra Hybrid Living in GlendaleAnd why not? The...