Both LA.com and Defamer got some credit in Sunday's New York Times Travel section for shining light on the excessive celebrity-and-hipster sucking-up going on at the Hollywood Roosevelt. It's a reminder to out-of-towners headed for Los Angeles: don't think about staying at the Roosevelt if you have kids and might want to use the pool. Also in that Travel section, Audrey Davidow on Manhattan Beach and a couple of letters about an earlier story on the Chamberlain in West Hollywood, including a complaint that Janelle Brown referred to gay men as "boys." Plus an essay by the LA Weekly's Nikki Finke about traveling with her mother in high style: "On my childhood trips, there was First Class, Deluxe Class and Mother's Class. My mother didn't just arrange a meal in Rome; she reserved fettuccine at Alfredo's."
Also in the NYT: Margo Jefferson weighs in on the decision by Michael Ritchie, new artistic director of Center Theater Group, to eliminate four of Gordon Davidson's pet programs started to help minorities write and produce plays.