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3/19/2014
Neutra Now
California modern design is back, as crisp and clean as ever
Even though California’s Mid-Century architecture is a retro style, it’s so well-suited to how we live today that it seems as indigenous as our faux-historic Spanish Colonial Revival style—previously the preferred way to say “California.” In the 1920s, when Vienna-born Richard Neutra began designing homes in Southern California, he was a design revolutionary. He brought super-clean rectilinear International Modern style—with flat roofs and white walls—from Europe and adapted it to the free-wheeling indoor/outdoor lifestyle appropriate ...
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3/18/2014
25 Gay Design Landmarks of L.A.
For as long as anyone can remember, Los Angeles has been openly bashed by pundits, writers, comics and curmudgeons. It used to be for the smog; now it’s for the Kardashians, carmageddon and the Lakers. (Alright, some shots are valid.) We take great offense when our town is taken to task for purported lack of history, significant contributions, style or beauty. Angelenos know that L.A.’s true magnificence is long and could be parsed a million ...
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3/18/2014
Renovated L.A.
Our city gets a facelift
Los Angeles is a mecca of cosmetic surgery. Every day, countless Angelenos spend small fortunes to suction out fat, cold-sculpt cellulite and even rejuvenate the old baby-maker. But these cosmetic procedures aren’t just limited to botoxed housewives and rhinoplastic trust fund princesses—with our city’s recent slew of architectural renovations, it’s as if Los Angeles itself has gotten a facelift. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite local spots that have recently undergone the knife (or ...
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3/19/2014
10 Things You Didn't Know About the Pacific Design Center
With the recent addition of the red building to the city’s iconic Pacific Design Center, the heart of WeHo grew three sizes larger. Designed by architect Cesar Pelli, Center Red completes the massive, colorful complex, begun with Center Blue (dubbed “The Blue Whale”) in 1975 and continued with Center Green in 1988. Most dynamic of the three siblings, the red building is composed of two sloped office towers, six and eight stories high, resting atop ...
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3/18/2014
Our Handy Guide to Navigating the West Hollywood Design District
Whether you’re scoping out new bathroom fixtures during the big remodel, are hunting for that perfect happy hour margarita or have just arrived in town for the annual global design showcase Westweek (taking place March 19-20 at the Pacific Design Center), the number of businesses and amount of fun to be had inside the West Hollywood Design District seems daunting. We spoke to the area’s tastemakers—those who live and breathe this fabulous district—and had them ...
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3/4/2014
Uncommon Threads
4 Local Designers Exporting Iconic L.A. Style
ROCK 'N' ROLL MACHINE: Michael Schmidt   This wardrobe, jewelry and interior designer made heads turn last year with the world’s first 3D-printed gown, worn by burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese. He then followed that unveiling with a refusal to speak at a prestigious tech conference because of mounting anti-gay controversy in its host city of Moscow, Russia. His fearless, strong and defiant characteristics shine through in elegant yet edgy clothing and accessories. He has ...
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3/4/2014
What's Wrong with L.A. Fashion Week?
In the great ‘L.A. versus New York’ debate, our city dominates in pretty much every category—year-round sunny weather, an abundance of quality Mexican food and the option to wear cutoff shorts in any season. But where Los Angeles has continued to fall short is its very own fashion week. Dismissed from Paris to Milan, L.A. Fashion Week has never garnered the respect, attention or attendance of its New York counterpart. But Los Angeles is bursting ...
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2/19/2014
Sexo y Violencia
Nothing Can Prepare You for Lucha VaVOOM
Photos by Bruno O’Hara, Robin Perine & Scheurshots.com, Courtesy of Lucha VaVoom   “People kinda think they know what it is, and we’ve heard this over the 12 years we’ve been going—’Oh, I heard it’s wrestling’—and when they come, without fail, it’s bigger than that. It creates its own energy, and it’s greater than the sum of its parts. Even when people see pictures and video, nothing can prepare you for the experience.”   So ...
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2/19/2014
‘Til the Hunky Sailor Sings
Decoding the gay subtext of L.A. Opera’s latest production
Batten down your hatches, SoCal opera fans, because Baby Budd is docking in Los Angeles for a little shore leave. On Feb. 22, the revival of Billy Budd premieres at L.A. Opera’s Dorothy Chandiler Pavillion under the eagle-eyed guidance of director Francesca Zambello and music director James Conlon.  The story of Billy Budd simmers with overt homoeroticism. Adapted from a Herman Melville novella (Melville being possibly gay himself), Billy Budd is the creation of ...
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2/19/2014
Departure Dining
Your Guide to the Gourmet Fare of LAX
Los Angeles is known as much for its cultural eclecticism as it is for creative innovation, though until recently neither were strongly represented while dining at our city’s port of entry. Thanks to the nearly $2 billion overhaul of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and the welcoming of several prominent, renowned chefs, the culinary diversity of our city is finally reflected at LAX. Here’s a look at the wide range of dining options inside the ...
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