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Deep Fry Face-Off: County Fair vs. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade

Last weekend saw two landmark food events: 1) The final weekend of the L.A. County Fair and 2) the third-annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade charity food fest. One had...

Movie Stars and McCarthy Salads: The Beverly Hills Hotel Turns 100

Opened by Hollywood hotelier Margaret Anderson in 1912, the Beverly Hills Hotel brought wealth, glamour, and real estate cachet to what was then an area with six homes and...

Step Inside “The Dream Factory”

   The Warner Bros. studio lot. Photograph by Dan WintersDan Winters and his digital technician. Photograph by Niles WhiteDan Winters gets an aerial view of the...

Close Up On: The Hollywood Sign

This month the Hollywood Sign takes yet another star turn as the subject of our How L.A. Works column. The Hollywood Preservation Trust granted writer Nancy Miller rare access...

Parks and Wreck

 ANTELOPE VALLEY INDIAN MUSEUM 
Built: 1928. 
Bet you didn’t know: The original builder hid a workshop in the tower designed to look like a Bavarian chalet. It is reached...

Shock and Ahhh: A Peek Inside The Santa’s Workshop Of Sex Toys—Our First NSFW Slide Show!

Bronzed boners, rubber phalluses, synthetic buttocks, and God-knows-whats. (Seriously, we don’t know where they go or how they work.) Sex toy manufacturer Doc Johnson makes 330,000 pleasure-giving products each...

Five Masses Worth Levitating (to Your Mouth)

Over the weekend, the 340-ton boulder that crawled its way from Riverside County was finally installed at LACMA to create the awe-inspiring (and awe-inspiringly expensive) work of art known...

Top 5 Bites from Taste of the Nation

The only thing simmering away more than Joe Miller’s massive paella at this year’s Taste of the Nation charity food event was us—the asphalt was awfully toasty by 2...

It’s Not Smog, It’s June Gloom

Hot town, summer in the city? Not until the haze burns off. Check out photos of some of L.A.’s dreariest June days, then learn about Southern California’s most notorious...

The Humami Hot List

In 1908, Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda named the “fifth flavor”—a deep baritone on the taste scale that’s meaty, fermented, savory and funky. A unique palate clang that Lesley Bargar...