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Adrienne Crew runs L.A. Brain Terrain, an event calendar blog listing upcoming author readings and lectures around the city. Que Books published her book "Blogosphere: Best of Blogs" in 2006. A former Interview Editor at LAist.com, her work has appeared at Salon.com and in the San Francisco Chronicle. Email
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LA Observed interviews Inglewood resident Toni Ann Johnson about her debut novel, Remedy for a Broken Angel.
Native Intelligence interview with Patrick Cates, a British Angeleno who recently obtained US citizenship, for BritWeek 2014 in Los Angeles.
Native Intelligence interviews milliner Louise Green for BritWeek 2014.
In honor of BritWeek, a festival of all things UK in LA, Native Intelligence interviews British residents of Los Angeles. Today, author and musician, Anthony Russell, discusses his memoir Outrageous Fortune and his favorite L.A. spots.
Timothy Corrigan, author and interior designer, explains Southern California's fascination with chateau-style decor.
Did Dorothy Parker really call Los Angeles "72 of suburbs in search of a city"?
Henry Rollins shares his views on making the world a better place at the Annenberg Space for Photography's Skylight Studio.
Watching Angeleno food writer, Lonnee Hamilton, compete for funds to launch her new recipe-sharing site, Mycookshelf.com.
Santa Monica Conservancy celebrated the birthday of film legend Marion Davies with dancing by the sea and guided tours of a landmark designed by Julia Morgan.
A visit with Hutton Wilkinson at Dawridge in Beverly Hills was the highlight of 2012.
New info turns up about the legendary Garden of Allah hotel complex in West Hollywood
Coyote-spotting on Angeleno Heights
An interview with John Bengtson, silent film location sleuth, who will present a talk at the Central Library about images of the Historic Los Angeles Core that he's found in silent movie classics, this Saturday, September 15th.
Now that I've read April Dammann's book, "The Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario," I'm discovering that the late art dealer still influences our city's artistic evolution. There's an open house at the historic Stendahl Gallery in Hollywood on Sunday, April 22nd.
A quick interview with Philip Mershon, proprietor of "In A Place Called Hollywood: A Stroll Through The First 100 Years Of Tinseltown" walking tour.
Happy New Year. A full moon is still visible but the town's distracted by Golden Globes, especially the awards show hosted by the HFPA on Sunday.
The holidays are on parade all weekend as local marching bands and Santas take to the streets in Montrose, Belmont Shore, and Palos Verdes.
The social pace quickens as the arrival of Thanksgiving launches the holiday season.
Rainy skies mean more opportunity to check out all the new museum shows or take in the "Night and the City: LA Noir in Poetry, Fiction & Film" festival events occuring around town.
Happy Halloweek! Jamie Lee Curtis is the belle of the coven as she manages to headline two Halloween charity events this week. Plus, Skylight Books celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend.
Meghan Daum, Susan Straight, Amy Wilentz, Richard Rayner, Amy Ephron, and today, Matthew Specktor contemplate Joan Didion all week in the pages of the Los Angeles Review of Books
Angelenos are house proud this weekend, displaying historic and new architecture during tours all over town.
It's time for Angelenos to get their freak on: NBA legend Jerry West shares memories on Sunday while Nile Rodgers converses with Brett Ratner at Book Soup next Tuesday.
There's so much to do and see this weekend, including a walking tour of the pedestrian bridges surrounding the Westin Bonaventure Hotel Downtown on Saturday and the LA Opera Costume Shop Sale on Sunday.
Fall into the social swim this week and support worthy events like the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards on Saturday, October 1st.
A Q&A with Hollywood High grad and author April Dammann about art dealer Earl Stendahl and his legacy on L.A.'s modern art scene.
Angeleno Datebook is back from its summer hiatus: toned, rested and ready for an extremely busy first week of September. Top pick-New Mr. Spock interviews Old Mr. Spock at the Hammer Museum on 9/13.
Enjoying the view of the William R. Hearst suite in the Los Altos apartment during a book party for a new novel about Los Angeles.
Local Swedes will raise high their Midsummer Pole this Sunday, June 26th, at the Swedish Midsummer Festival presented by the Swedish American Central Association of Southern California in Agoura Hills.
Happy Bloomsday to all the James Joyce fans out there.
Author Walter Mosley will be honored at this year's Los Angeles Public Library Awards Dinner on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 5:30 PM.
Tonight's the last First Friday event for 2011 at the Natural History Museum
LA City Council prepares to decide fate of Golden State Mutual building's status as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument on June 1st.
There are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend.
Author Matthew Specktor shares a week of his life in literary LA with The Paris Review.
A marriage proposal goes bad in a Sherman Oaks mall.
It's the Roses and Robots edition of Angeleno Datebook, which includes details about Open House at JPL and upcoming river, home and garden tours.
Reza Aslan, Nader Hashemi and Professor Muhammad Sahimi discuss the "Green movement in Iran" on Wednesday, May 11th.
Mother's Day dominates the weekend's activities with luncheons, readings and fashion shows.
Bijan Pakzad, the face of his Beverly Hills boutique, has died.
The Easter holiday weekend anchors a busy week that ends with a Royal Wedding in the UK, making it the perfect time to launch BritWeek in L.A.
National Library Week awakens my commitment to support local public library systems.
LACMA starts its 26th annual Collectors Committee Weekend with a dinner and auction on Friday and Art in Streets, graffiti and street art exhibition, opens with a party on Sunday at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
Saying good bye to Giorgio Baldi and Charles Laufer.
Betty White is the woman of the weekend: she will be honored at two galas this Saturday.
Spring has sprung and everyone's celebrating.
Whiffenpoofs, Patti Smith, Scarlett Johansson, Idina Menzel and Flea share their musical gifts to benefit local causes and charities this week. Gary Oldman, Ben Gazzara, Sheriff Lee Baca, Robert A. Iger and Jan Perry will also be on hand at various public functions. Not singing, we hope.
Looks like our wet March is coming in like a lion but that's no reason to stop socializing.
It looks like a star-studded, albeit, rainy Oscar weekend.
The coming week includes plenty of tributes to late taste-makers such as Dino De Laurentiis, Forrest J. Ackerman and Octavia Butler. Meanwhile, living legends like 1936 Olympic athlete and WWII crash survivor and POW Louis Zamperini, sound editor Walter Murch, Stephanie Powers and Carol Channing will also appear in public this week.
It may be the weekend before Valentine's Day but there's plenty of events to distract you from your beloved.
The next generation discovers the delights of the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant in Van Nuys.
Happy Hour philosophy to share
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy lights up the town next week, adjudicating the "Trial of Hamlet" at USC Law School and inaugurating the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Litigation Center. Perhaps he'll present an award at the SAG ceremony on Sunday, 1/30/11, too.
On Friday, 1/21/11, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, John Travolta, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger gather to present kudos at Living Legends of Aviation's Eight Annual Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 6 PM. With a line up like that, this gala sounds like the Golden Globes without the insults.
Teens sidelined by kidney ailments hold their own prom this weekend at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks from 6 to 11 PM. Also, Hollywood commences awards seasons with the Golden Globes ceremony on Saturday.
An interview with rock and roll legend Cherry Vanilla.
On 12/14/10, Los Angeles City Historical Society honors LAO editor Kevin Roderick & J. Eric Lynxwiler, Christy McAvoy, and Hugh Hefner at its Annual Holiday Dinner.
The week holds opportunities to savor both the past and the future. The future of film-making. L.A. Conservationists honor environmental leaders. Historic homes in the West Adams district and the Castle Green in Pasadena.
With Thanksgiving one week away, the holidays only increase the intensity of the social swirl. However, there's still time to work up an appetite; check out upcoming lectures on the history of coffee, oranges in SoCal and the origins of Decadence.
A busy week ahead for Angelenos. Who is taking bets that Jean-Luc Godard will show up to pick up his Governors Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's ceremony on Saturday, November 13th?
Daylight savings may end this Sunday, but the fun continues. Check out "California State Parks Starring in Hollywood Films" screening series and find ways to support our ailing state parks system.
Immerse yourself in "Skeleton Stories," a new play that looks as if Julie Taymor adapted Gulliermo Del Toro's movie, "Hell Boy," for the stage.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America honors Magic Johnson at its Heroes & High Hopes dinner tonight. Hope someone asks the sports star what he plans to do with all the cash he's divested from recent business ventures.
A week filled with couscous, Oprah Winfrey, train depots, Sienna Miller and L.A. Noir
Angeleno Datebook is back on the social scene. Activities focusing on food, John Lennon's birthday, books and presses in California, Michael Cunningham, Steve Martin, the race for CA Governor election, Bunker Hill and Julius Shulman await you.
Remembering Stephen J. Cannell.
Remembering the influential artist and Cosby Show favorite, Varnette P. Honeywood.
The social swim has slowed down for summer. But there's still lots to do. Dive into book readings, film screenings and concert fundraisers for good causes.
Now that all that football and basketball business is over, we can return our gaze to the social swirl. Enjoy opportunities to celebrate Bastille Day, worship Karen Carpenter or schmooze with Hollywood Power Lawyers this week.
Summer fund raising intensifies with upcoming events focusing on the welfare of the environment, public libraries, civil liberties, epilepsy and stray cats...
It's a week for delicious pairings...Beverly Hills Backdraft Ball. Taste of the Nation. John Waters discusses role models with Carrie Fisher.
Do SoCal freeways have personalities?
Tiz Memorial Day weekend and the official start of summer so attend a parade or picnic or something.
Social events are all about family this week.
The weekend weather forecast promises clear skies so there's no excuse not to go for a walk...or march.
The Doo Dah Parade unfurls on Saturday, ushering in an exceptionally full social calendar.
Frances Anderton, Courteney Cox, Larry Gagosian, Frank O. Gehry, Wolfgang Puck and Rose Tarlow lend support to A+D Museum, Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books rolls into town on April 24 and 25th at UCLA. Book festival lovers will also enjoy the film, "The Eclipse," which is now in limited release and available on VOD.
Garden tour season has arrived.
On Saturday, April 17th, Arts High will honor Barry Manilow at its 25th anniversary celebration for his dedicated assistance to Los Angeles's the tuition-free program, which offers specialized college prep instruction combined with conservatory-style training in the visual and performing arts.
Here is a look at events happening all around town during the week of April 7, 2010 to April 13, 2010.
Los Angeles baby boomers are going to be mighty upset when they realize that the building that once housed (the now defunct) Tower Records at 8801 Sunset Blvd may no longer exist.
April events include reading books with Gene Wilder, conversations with Jeff Garlin and Bob Saget, and a tour of Tom Wait's Los Angeles.
It's officially spring on March 20th and people are eager to celebrate the season's rampant fertility. Thus, it's no surprise to see so many scheduled events devoted to the welfare of children, animals and the planet. Check out Tippi Hedren, Dionne Warwick and other heavenly bodies at various events around town.
L.A. socialites should prepare themselves for both laughter and tears at upcoming events around the Southland. Comedian Kathy Griffin will be feted at the Human Rights Campaign Gala and she will have a few choice words to share, no doubt. Senator Barbara Boxer is also scheduled to speak.
Strange bedfellows mix and mingle at social events scheduled throughout the week.
The Hollywood award ceremony death march continues on its merry way this weekend with stops at celebrations hosted by the Costume Designers Guild, Cinema Audio Society, American Society of Cinematographers and the Visual Effects Society. But baseball legend Sandy Koufax makes a rare appearance to benefit a Southland charity.
Angeleno Social Diary shares tips for enjoying this week's social scene with flappers, Angela Y. Davis, Jackie Collins, Will Ferrell, RuPaul, and Jennifer Garner.
An interview with Kafi Blumenfield, CEO and President of the Liberty Hill foundation, about the Uplifting Change Summit.
A list of upcoming events around town includes fetes featuring the likes of Robert Redford, Warren Beatty and Colin Firth.
An interview with Toni Ann Johnson about successfully partnering with Million Trees LA to bring more trees to her South Los Angeles neighborhood.
Architect/Artist Susan Narduli shares her thoughts with LA Observed about Los Angele's rapidly evolving streetscape, public architecture and her latest installation at California State University Fresno's Henry Madden Library.
The Downtown Art Walk returns with a new manager and new plans for the future.
A Q&A with the former Los Angeles Times Food section staffer.
An interview with author and former Los Angeles Times manager, BJ Gallagher, about reinvention tactics for media professionals.
The the first annual ELLE DECOR Presents Legends of La Cienega Design Walk, scheduled to start on May 8 and run through May 9th, offers book signings and lectures on L.A.-based decor tastemakers such as Billy Haines, Gerard Colcord, and Tony Duquette.
Photos from the Shelf Life Small Press bazaar at USC on Saturday, 4/18/09.
Taking in the annual Ebony Fashion Fair fashion show luncheon with hundreds of Black ladies decked out in sparkly suits and Easter hats at the Westin Bonaventure.
The 14th annual Jack Smith Trail Walk atop Mount Washington starts on April 19th at 9 AM.
Turning to MFK Fisher during tough economic times.
Recalling the night the LAPD raided the Follies Burlesque Theater on Main Street in 1939.
Turmoil in the magazine distribution industry has local roots.
Scholars of insolence examine the art of invective at a local conference.
New York design critic, Steven Heller, visits U.C.L.A.
How the Machine Project's Mark Allen became the George Bailey of Echo Park.
The MTA's Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive jumps into Web 2.0 with enthusiasm, with Flickr photos and YouTube clips.
Learning from the maps on view at the “L.A. Unfolded: Maps from the Los Angeles Public Library” exhibit.
Hennessey + Ingalls Art and Architecture bookstore opens a branch in Hollywood this week.
Eyeing the book launch for Overspray: Riding High With the Kings of California Airbrush Art, Norman Hathaway's lavish art book about the golden age of L.A. airbrush artists in the 70s.
Roger Vargo presents a multimedia lecture on the famed Room 8 cat of Echo Park'. Also, what if the Room 8 Cat had a Twitter account?
A poll worker checks in.
LA Litscape recap: local poet and performer, Thomas Kearny, wins a major literary prize, Skylight Books celebrates its 12th anniversary, evoking memories of Chatterton's Bookshop and other bookstores, and pondering the fate of Forrest J Ackerman.
Celebrate Dias de Los Muertos traditionally or in Tiki-style at the "In Search of Tiki" exhibit on display at Forest Lawn Museum Glendale.
Over at Design Observer blog, Steven Heller just posted a lovely tribute to Los Angeles graphic designer, Mike Salisbury, and his innovative art direction at West magazine.
Just because Emergency Preparedness month's over, doesn't mean you can't get prepared now. We're heading into a season loaded with earthquake preparedness fairs and workshops.
While riding the 302 Rapid along Sunset yesterday, I witnessed a miracle. A young girl with lemon-colored locks boarded the...
An art-filled weekend includes stops at the Getty Villa and an event hosted by the William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts.
Skylight Books celebrates its expansion with a party on August 30th and a new, racy blog. Barbara DeMarco-Barrett's guide to Southern California Literary and Book Festivals appears in the September issue of Westways magazine.
Malibu resident, Dr. Richard Ehrlich, shares insights on an upcoming exhibit of his photos documenting a secretive Holocaust archive.
Snapshot of T shirt seller on Crenshaw Blvd, furthering the legacies of Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac.
Acknowledging their heroine's civil rights legacy, Dorothy Parker fans will gather at the Casa Del Mar to learn more about the history of Santa Monica's "Inkwell," a segregated beach front in the 20s.
In the face of more rumored cuts at the Los Angeles Times, this Angeleno lobbies for her favorite, the Food section.
The "New Chinatown" re-dedicated at free festival this weekend
LA Eastside.com blog covers the fight to save the fading murals of East Los Angeles this week.
Skylight Books hosts Skylight Salon this Summer Solstice
On Saturday, author Erik Davis and Esotouric Tours led about 30 enthusiasts on a five hour pilgrimage to local occult landmarks cited in Davis's 2006 book, The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape.
The California Myth Authority announces a big scavenger hunt for library conference-goers in Anaheim this month.
The National Needle Arts Association's 3rd annual Stitch N' Pitch tour lands in Dodger Stadium tonight.
A postcard from Book Expo America 2008.
Celebrating National Library Week with Don Borchert, Author of Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas
A local news recap for the DVR generation.
An interview with Cecilia Rasmussen, Los Angeles Times Metro section reporter, "L.A. Then and Now" columnist and new retiree.
A subjective recap of last week's local news cycle.
Members of the Dorothy Parker Society visited the Writers Guild West headquarters last month, determined to verify a rumor that the WGA harbored a hidden portrait of the writer.
Yesterday, local history buffs and surfing enthusiasts gathered at Calvary Baptist Church in Santa Monica for a presentation on the history of the "Ink Well," a segregated beach in Santa Monica popular with African American Angelenos during the first half of the 20th century.
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Gary Leonard | Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.
Jenny Burman | He was lucky to be white.
Steve Harvey | Steve Harvey collects signs and observations from around Southern California.
Iris Schneider | Outside City Hall, friends and family of California inmates identified as innocent by the California Innocence Project pleaded for Governor Brown to commute their sentences for the holidays.
Don Shirley | More than once, I've asked publicly how Center Theatre Group can possibly justify branding itself as 'LA's Theatre Company.' So I was fascinated when Diane Rodriguez, one of CTG's three associate artistic directors, raised the subject in an interview. Plus: Current stage reviews.
Jon Christensen and Mark Gold | A dramatic, wrenching, and potentially pivotal story is unfolding in the environmental movement right now. It came to a head last week after Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, posted messages in solidarity with #blacklivesmatter.
Judy Graeme | Two of the Sugar Plum Fairies in Westside Ballet's production of The Nutcracker have traveled very different paths to the iconic role.
Bill Boyarsky
By listening carefully to the new Los Angeles Times publisher at Town Hall Los Angeles Wednesday, it was possible to get a sense of Austin Beutner. It was also possible to see where he may be taking the 133-year-old paper.
Bill Boyarsky
On Wednesday, Austin Beutner, the new publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, will, hopefully, shed light on the future of the paper when he speaks to civic leaders at Town Hall Los Angeles. Here are some questions he could be asked.
Jenny Burman
Before I lived in Echo Park, there was a tiny 1920s bungalow-cottage-standalone house on N. Occidental in Silver Lake. I...
Here in Malibu
Here we are on Tuesday before the rain: And here we are this morning, just after:...