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LAST MONTH , we published a piece about Rebecca Grossman, a Hidden Hills socialite facing vehicular homicide charges after the Mercedes she was driving struck and killed two young brothers in Westlake Village. Not everyone was happy with that story. Indeed, we’ve received hundreds of irate emails from readers. Some objected to the tone of the piece, perceiving our interview with Grossman as too sympathetic. Others complained that we photographed her for the article—the picture, they insisted, was too ﬂattering. At least one reader felt we were too harsh on Grossman. That’d be Grossman herself, who threatened to sue us after the story came out.
I could spend the rest of this editor’s note defending the story line by line—pointing out that its tone was painstakingly neutral, that the photograph of Grossman was deliberately unglamorous, that the article made abundantly clear that the true victims of this tragedy were the two little boys and their surviving family, whose ongoing struggle to
ﬁ nd justice in court was also a large part of the piece—but I don’t think it would do any good. Because what most people seem to be objecting to isn’t really the content of the story but the fact that we published any sort of interview with Grossman at all. Why give a heedless socialite whose recklessness behind the wheel resulted in such a horrible calamity any sort of coverage in our pages?
There’s a pretty simple answer to that question: journalism.
Rebecca Grossman is a well-known personality in Los Angeles—she’s married to one of the most revered doctors in the city, Peter H. Grossman, founder of the famous Grossman Burn Center, where Anne Heche died and Jay Leno was treated—who is about to go on trial for murder. That alone makes her a ﬁgure of intense public interest. Yes, she did an indisputably terrible thing. She may end up spending decades behind bars because of it. Nobody writing for this magazine is suggesting that she should receive any leniency or sympathy. But nobody can deny that all of the above also makes Grossman a fascinating subject, a cautionary tale illustrating how just one monumentally stupid moment in an otherwise blessed life can destroy not only innocent victims’ lives but also your own.
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THE TRANS FUGITIVE WHO SET OFF WEEKS OF RIOTS BY DISROBING IN WI SPA’S LOCKER ROOM BARES IT ALL IN AN EXCLUSIVE Q&A
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DARREN MERAGER’S exact location is unknown. On the lam from the law, the Arcadia-born fugitive is understandably cagey about revealing any geographical information. But we deﬁnitely do know where Merager was at 10 p.m. on June 23, 2021: in a Korean bathhouse at the corner of Wilshire and South Rampart, causing a near-riot by exposing his—or was it her?—penis to a locker room full of women.
Merager, you may recall, was at the red-hot center of a huge blowup over trans rights during that summer, a controversy that captured national attention (Tucker Carlson certainly weighed in) and triggered pitched protests around Wi Spa’s K-Town-adjacent neighborhood that left storefronts shattered and led to scores of arrests (and, ultimately, a warrant for Merager’s arrest for indecent exposure). Was Merager a trans martyr simply exercising her legal right to disrobe in a women’s locker room? Or a pervert using L.A.’s progressive trans rights ordinances as a loophole to ﬂash his private parts?
Nearly two years later, nobody has an answer to that question. But today, we do have Merager in the ﬂesh talking about what happened that night at Wi Spa and in the weeks afterward. The following exclusive Q&A, edited for clarity, comes from several conversations with Merager taped in September.
You must have seen the protests at Wi Spa that you sparked. What was your reaction to them?
> That was the craziest thing. I was completely caught o guard by that. I live my own personal private life. I try to stay aware of the community, but I’m very much a person that doesn’t belong to any type of organization. Even put me under a transgender umbrella, and I’m very uncomfortable. [But] when they had that second protest, on July 17th, I wanted to really understand why [people were] protesting. I actually went down there just to witness it.
Where were you at the protest? With which side did you stand?
> I was very close to the epicenter. I stayed in my car.
Did you talk to anyone there?
> I was ﬁrst contacted by a Black female who then went and summoned a large group to confront me. It appeared to be a mixture of antifa types as well as this Black and pink group.
Why did they confront you?
> Because maybe one of them saw me on my binoculars. They made a point to come up to my vehicle and really threaten me. They had no idea who I am.
Did you tell them you were the trans person at the heart of the whole controversy?
> I said, “I’m the whole purpose you’re here.” They
denied it. They said, “No, you’re a Proud Boy. People like us don’t drive Escalades.”
When the incident at Wi Spa ﬁrst started making noise on social media, there were some outlets — like The Guardian, Slate and Insider — who speculated that it was a hoax, that you didn’t exist. How’d that make you feel?
> They said it was a hoax because no one had my name. Wi Spa doesn’t retain names of people that use the spa. They have credit card receipts, but I paid in cash; no one ever knew who I was. What people don’t realize is that I
came forward and gave my name to the LAPD.
Why did you do that?
> I guess I realized that maybe I am very important to the world—because look how important this really is. This is an injustice. I’m the victim here.
How did the LAPD respond to your tip?
> They thought it was a hoax too because they didn’t have a name. So I said, “No, it’s not a hoax; I can prove I was there because I parked on Wilshire that night and got two parking tickets. They almost towed my car!”
But then you decide to run. How come?
> With the Wi Spa warrant, I couldn’t bail out. They [were going to] put my bail to the point where it’s just through
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“I’m legally female. But I have facial hair. I have a penis.”
the roof. I mean, it could be close to a million dollars. There’s no way I’d ever be able to get out. That’s not turning yourself in. I said, “I’m not going to just be kidnapped. Enough is enough.”
Let’s back up a second. Should we be using male or female pronouns with you? How do you identify?
> I’m very neutral, like nonbinary, although I don’t like that word. I’m legally female. But I have facial hair. I have a penis. I have no breasts. I don’t have a feminine voice. I don’t wear makeup or dress up like a female. So imagine you’re a grocery store [clerk] and you’re bagging my groceries and you say, “Excuse me, sir . . . ” I mean, am I supposed to be o ended? That’d be ridiculous. How would this person know? But technically, for legal terms, I am she/her.
I put female on my driver’s license. But I’ve had to struggle my whole life ﬁtting into tradtional society.
And you sleep with women?
You’re a female who has heterosexual sex with females?
> I have heterosexual sex because my penis ﬁts in a vagina. I don’t tell women I’m with that I’m transgender because that’s not my sex. So I’m not faking anything. Gender is internal, sex is external.
But you are a convicted sex o ender, aren’t you? Weren’t you once caught without pants and masturbating while peering into the window of an 85-yearold Arcadia woman?
> So what happened was this elderly man got up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, and his bathroom
overlooks another yard [and he saw me masturbating]. But even if it was masturbation, I don’t have a problem with that because that’s not illegal. It’s only illegal if you’re masturbating in someone’s face, like George Michael.
What did you think of the story Los Angeles magazine published about the skirmishes around Wi Spa?
> It was on the cover of the Christmas issue of the magazine. So I had to read it. The story was as accurate as it could be, with information they were getting. But I have a big problem with the very end, when a supposed transgender person called Bamby Salcedo talks about me.
You mean Bamby Salcedo, president and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, the largest trans-led
1. Demonstrators outside Wi Spa in July 2021.
2. A video feed reveals Merager’s parked SUV at the protests.
3. Bamby Salcedo, CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, whom Merager refers to as a “supposed” transgender person.
4. Merager: “I’m very neutral, like non-binary, although I don’t like that word.”
organization in L.A.? She said in the story, “You’d think after getting arrested a bunch of times, she’d just change clothes in a stall.”
> Right. So in the article, she says she goes to Wi Spa three times a year and she gets naked in there and she never has a problem. So I spoke to Bamby Salcedo on the phone before the story came out. She admitted to me that she has boobs and she takes o her top but that she does not take o her bottoms because she has a penis. Nobody knows she’s transgender.
Nobody knows you’re transgender and you have a penis. What’s the di erence? And why do you call Bamby a “supposed” transgender person?
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Michael’s death in 2009. And the family has been ferocious in protecting it, ﬁling numerous lawsuits against interlopers, like Sony Music (which used the term on a posthumous 2016 Jackson release) as well a snack company that attempted to peddle popcorn on a website called kingofpop.com (the domain has since become a Jackson fan site).
The commoner Styles has yet to comment on the controversy.
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now, the paper is ditching its 26-acre printing facility on Olympic Boulevard, where the presses have been rolling since the 1980s. That’s scheduled to shut down in 2024, when the Times turns its printing needs over to Southern California News Group, the Irvine-based company that also churns out paper editions of the Times’s sister publication, the San Diego Union-Tribune. The old printing plant, which has been purchased by real estate developer Atlas Capital Group for $240 million, will soon be turned into a 17-soundstage ﬁlm facility.
HARRY STYLES is indisputably the hottest act in the music business right now, with multiple platinum albums and sold-out residencies at Madison Square Garden in New York and at the Forum here in L.A. So, when Rolling Stone UK dubbed him “The King of Pop” in a cover story last summer, who could possibly object?
Cue “Beat It.”
“The King of Pop is a unique achievement,” Prince Jackson, the late Michael Jackson’s 25-year-old son, told Entertainment Tonight in October, pushing back against Rolling Stone
giving his dad’s old title to Styles. “[Michael] broke boundaries. He was popular on a global basis. At one point, he was the most famous person in the world. The King of Pop is a title that I just don’t think could ever be taken.”
Prince isn’t the only member of the Jackson clan who’s been bristling at Styles’s new moniker. “There is no new King of Pop,” tweeted Michael’s nephew Taj Jackson. “The title has been retired.”
Taj and Prince may actually have a point here—the Jacksons do in fact own the title: the singer’s estate trademarked the phrase “King of Pop” shortly after
IT’S OFFICIAL, the Los Angeles Times has given up on downtown Los Angeles. First, in 2018, it abandoned its historic art deco headquarters on 1st Street, near City Hall, selling the property to Onni Group, a real estate developer that plans to build two high-rises on the site. The Times editorial sta decamped to new digs in El Segundo. And
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AT LEAST one movie star is continuing to boycott the Golden Globes. Although the scandalridden awards show is returning to NBC this January, Brendan Fraser, whose latest turn in The Whale is generating tons of buzz, has told GQ magazine that he has no intention of showing up.
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The royal battle between Harry Styles and Michael Jackson’s heirs.
“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” he said of the group that hosts the Globes. “No, I will not participate.”
Ru alo tweeted)? Are they back on board?
At this writing, the answer is unclear, but at least one top Hollywood awards publicist is pretty sure the stars will come out. “The show will go on,” he tells Los Angeles, predicting that “much bigger stars than Brendan Fraser” will turn up at this year’s event. “The Globes are good for business. They’re good for box o ce. They’re good for ratings. Why shouldn’t they go on? The industry needs all the help it can get.”
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Park and Lancaster,” explains Ken Pellman, a public information ocer in the L.A. County Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights & Measures. “We do a sweep of them every fall. They’re deﬁnitely more noticeable in drier weather.”
Pellman says the tumbleweeds aren’t dangerous—unless, of course, somebody lights a match. “Can you imagine if one caught ﬁre,” he says, “and started rolling down, say, the Third Street Promenade?”
ending the era of the superstar majordomo.
Well, not quite forever. Denton has resurfaced as director of client relations at Caviar Kaspia, the new ultra-luxe ﬁsh-egg canteen on Melrose that opened in October. “I did some consulting,” Denton explains about how he landed the new gig. “And then I got this call . . .”
Fraser’s history is indeed harrowing; he claimed to have been groped at a 2003 luncheon by then-HFPA head Philip Berk . But will Fraser be the only no-show, or has all that furor back in 2021 over the HFPA’s lack of diversity blown over now that the organization has beefed up its equity bona ﬁdes by adding 100 new members of color? What about Tom Cruise, who went so far as to return his three Globes statuettes at the height of the boycott? Will he be attending? Or how about previous winners Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ru alo, who both posted outrage at the organization (“I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award,”
WE KNOW that people are leaving Los Angeles in droves—in 2021, the county led the nation in population decline, with nearly 160,000 residents moving elsewhere for other parts—but tumbleweeds in the streets? Really?
Turns out those big balls of bristles rolling around the Westside aren’t a sign that L.A. is becoming a ghost town; they’re an annual occurrence caused by arid conditions and high winds. Usually, the tumbleweeds blow around the Antelope Valley and in the foothills of the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains. But they are a lot more conspicuous this year—they’ve even been spotted in Santa Monica— thanks to the continuing drought that’s made the last three years the driest on record.
“They mostly pile up in the fall in Gri th
WOULD YOU BUY A $1,000 POTATO FROM THIS MAN?
AS MAITRE D’ of Mr. Chow for 30 years, Chris Denton has been air-kissed by the biggest A-listers in Hollywood. Warren Beatty,
The callers were Sam-Ben Avrahim and Rahav Zuta, two fashion industry entrepreneurs who’d decided to open a West Hollywood outpost of the nearly 100-yearold Paris-based Caviar Kaspia, famous for its $1,000 baked potatoes and ritzy clientele. “They ﬂew me to Paris where I worked in-house for a week,” says Denton. “It was so e ortlessly chic.”
Thanks in part to Denton’s celebrity cred,
Kaspia is already making a splash. A
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Brendan Fraser (pictured with Whale costar Sadie Sink) says he’s skipping the Golden Globes. But whether others in Hollywood will follow remains to be seen.
TURNING THE TABLES
Chris Denton says ciao to Mr. Chow and hello to Caviar Kaspia.
recent private party for designer Giambattista Valli was attended by Angela Bassett, Alexandra Daddario, Kiernan Shipka, Kaitlyn Dever and Law Roach. Gushes Denton,
Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey they’ve all counted on the British-born host to save them the best table in the house (often on the same night). But two years ago, at the peak of the pandemic, Denton left Mr. Chow, forever
BY COLMAN ANDREWS
THAT’S JOAN Collins having lunch on the patio and Lauren Hutton two tables over. There are Jack Lemmon, Jacqueline Bisset, Swifty Lazar, Rod Stewart, Billy Wilder. Orson Welles is here, but you can’t see him; he’s eating inside, alone, hidden in an alcove just to the right of the entrance. Wolfgang Puck is in the kitchen.
Just another afternoon at Ma Maison, circa 1979.
For more than a decade, Ma Maison, which opened 50 years ago this December on Melrose Avenue at Kings Road, was L.A.’s quintessential everyone-who’s-anyone restaurant, its most glamorous celebrity sandbox—the Chasen’s or Romano ’s of the ’70s, the West Coast Elaine’s, the pre-Spago in more ways than one.
The man behind the place was a tall, handsome, deep-voiced young Frenchman named Patrick Terrail, descended from French restaurant royalty: his grandfather and greatgrandfather had run famous Paris restaurants; his uncle, Claude Terrail, was then in charge of the celebrated La Tour d’Argent. Patrick was a bit of a black sheep. He’d moved to the U.S. at 17, studied hotel management at Cornell University, and worked at the Four Seasons and El Morocco in Manhattan before heading to L.A. and taking a job with Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer. In 1973, he decided to open a restaurant of his own, borrowing part of the $40,000 start-up money from Gene Kelly, one of his Uncle Claude’s regulars in Paris.
When Ma Maison ﬁred up its oven—singular, the kitchen was that small—no one could have predicted
what the restaurant would become. The interior, furnished on the cheap, had a generic imitation-bistro look. The front patio, where it turned out everybody wanted to sit, was a cliché of low-rent SoCal outdoor living: AstroTurf ﬂooring, white plastic chairs, café umbrellas.
The menu was hardly more ambitious—salade Niçoise, pâté maison, brochettes of chicken and beef. Patrick himself did some of the cooking at ﬁ rst. George Christy, reviewing the restaurant for this magazine, called the pâté “a joke” and the brochettes “tough, stringy, not especially ﬂavorful.”
Things changed in 1975, when Patrick hired a young French-trained Austrian chef named Wolfgang Puck, who reproduced the old menu brieﬂy but soon started turning out cream of sorrel soup, steamed oysters with
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baby vegetables, grilled chicken with sherry vinegar—dishes that might seem tame today but were cuttingedge California-nouvelle at the time. (It’s probably no accident that such future culinary stars as Mark Peel, Susan Feniger, Gordon Hamersley, and Josie Le Balch worked in Puck’s kitchen.)
For a couple of years in the latter 1970s, I had lunch every Thursday at Ma Maison, and I remember vividly the way it felt to walk into the place when it was running at full speed: exciting, a bit daunting, a little unreal, like opening a door into a secret chamber ﬁlled with everybody you’d ever heard of and being made to feel somehow at home even though you weren’t really part of the crowd.
Friday was supposed to be the day to lunch at Ma Maison, but whoever was casting Thursdays did a great job. Bisset and Lemmon were almost always there, but you’d also see Goldie Hawn, Michael Caine, Ursula Andress, Suzanne Pleshette, Ray Stark, John and Mo Dean, David Hockney (who drew one of the menu covers).
Puck’s cooking and his amiable personality, inevitably described as “puckish,” were key to the restaurant’s success. But Patrick, who wore dark, double-breasted suits with Charvet ties and red carnation boutonnieres even on hot afternoons, contributed a showman’s sense of image-building—the famously unlisted phone number, the trophycars-only parking lot. He also had a wicked sense of humor, hanging the awards Ma Maison regularly won from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association dangerously close to the urinals in the men’s room. (When he overheard a regular joking that he preferred cheeseburgers to this fancy French stu , Patrick sent a busboy down the street to bring back a sackful and served them ceremoniously in place of whatever the guy had ordered.)
In 1981, Puck—by then a star
chef—left to open Spago with his future wife, Barbara Lazaro .
To replace him, Patrick imported Claude Segal from the Michelinstarred La Ciboulette in Paris. His food was good and the celebrities kept coming, but some of the magic seemed to be slipping away, and the restaurant su ered a major blow in 1982 when Segal’s sous-chef killed his girlfriend, actress Dominique Dunne (Joan Didion’s niece).
A rumor went around that Patrick had paid for the man’s attorney—it wasn’t true—but the a air cost the restaurant a number of prominent customers.
Celebrities still ate at Ma Maison after Segal left in 1985 (Warren Beatty threw a party there for Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston), but Patrick must have sensed that the restaurant’s time had passed, and he closed the place and sold the property late that year. Puck, of eourse, went on to become one of the most celebrated chef-restaurateurs in the world.
After licensing the Ma Maison name to the new Soﬁtel Hotel at Beverly and La Cienega in 1985 and running a version of the restaurant there for a few years, Patrick moved to Georgia, where he got married and, for a time, ran a bistro and a regional magazine—both now defunct. He seems to have no regrets.
“You can only run one great restaurant in your life,” he likes to say.
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FOR DAVID PERMUT, the Sundance Film Festival is something of a religious pilgrimage. The Oscar-nominated producer of Hacksaw Ridge and a slew of other pictures has attended every year since 1991, and when he’s there he watches six movies a day, barely eats, rarely sleeps, and talks to almost no one.
“I’m like a lunatic,” he admits.
But this year, Permut won’t be attending in person. Instead, he’ll be screening the festival’s o erings online, from the comfort of his home in L.A. “The reality is,” he explains, “I can see more movies virtually than I can in the actual snow.”
Alas, Permut won’t be the only no-show in Park City, Utah, when, on January 19, Sundance kicks o its ﬁrst in-person festival since the pandemic began. Indeed, this year, the once-preeminent domestic ﬁlm festival—where Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Steven Soderbergh, Darren Aronofsky, and scores of other A-list auteurs launched their careers—is facing what looks increasingly like an existential crossroads. Incredibly, people are starting to wonder if Sundance matters anymore. Even more incredibly, the answer appears to be, no, it doesn’t, at least not to Hollywood.
“Honestly, from a studio’s perspective, you’re probably better o at SXSW these days because it has an edgier feel and a younger demographic,” says a top industry publicist who’s had clients attend Sundance every year for two decades but is on the fence as to whether he’ll be going this year. “I still think Sundance can be a place of discovery for ﬁlmmakers, but I also think it’s lost some of its edge.”
When Robert Redford took over the event in 1984, it was a sleepy little get-together for movie fans called the US Film Festival. Pretty much nobody in Hollywood had heard of it, let alone were ﬂying private jets to it. But gradually, with Redford’s backing, it became the red-hot center of the independent ﬁlm world—in fact, Sundance all but invented the independent ﬁlm world, turning tiny, low-budget movies like Soderbergh’s 1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Tarantino’s 1992 Reservoir Dogs into crossover mainstream hits. By the early 2000s, all of Hollywood was descending on Park City every January, cutting multimillion-dollar checks for the latest undiscovered work of cinematic genius by the newest little-known indie auteur.
But the way movies are made, packaged, and sold has changed dramatically during the past ﬁve years, and the market for independent ﬁlms isn’t what it used to be. You can pin part of the blame on Marvel; Hollywood’s current infatuation with jumbo-budget comic-book movies has squeezed low- and medium-budget movies o the big screen. Part of the blame also goes to Netﬂix and other
streamers, whose algorithm-based green-lighting process tends to be dictated more by data than by serendipitous screening-room discoveries.
Perhaps the biggest culprit, though, was the pandemic, which overnight forced the closure of all movie theaters, extinguishing box-o ce revenue for almost two years. Ticket sales are the lifeblood of indie movies and the primary way bets on independent ﬁlms acquired at Sundance pay o .
Remember The Blair Witch Project? That ﬁlm was bought by Artisan Entertainment at Sundance in 1999 for $1.1 million and went on to gross nearly $250 million worldwide. Studios are still occasionally placing those sorts of bets, and even bigger ones, but these days even when they win, they lose. Apple purchased CODA at Sundance for a record-breaking $25 million in 2021 and ended up snagging Best Picture at the Oscars. But the ﬁlm’s box o ce during that COVID year ended up being a measly $2 million.
“The big question is, where is the independent ﬁlm business today?” says Permut. “The audiences are starting to come back, but how independent ﬁlms are doing is a big question—and those are the ﬁlms that are the chief draw at Sundance.”
The audience is starting to return to theaters, that’s true, but so far, mostly for big-budget stu , especially if it
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“It was like being at your dream wedding . . . and then having a pile of shit thrown all over you.”
involves escaped genetically engineered dinosaurs or Tom Cruise in a ﬁghter jet. Low- and mid-budget independent movies—the kind that screen at Sundance—aren’t faring nearly as well, with indie-friendly theater chains shutting down (like ArcLight) or hanging by a thread (like Laemmle, which already has closed its Pasadena location).
There is, however, still one other culprit to blame for Sundance’s recent spiral into potential irrelevance: Sundance itself.
Redford’s festival was once famous—sometimes notorious—for risk-taking. This, after all, was where, in 1995, Larry Clark premiered Kids, his super-controversial, NC-17-rated, quasi documentary that the Washington Post described as borderline child pornography. It’s where, in 2005, Michael Winterbottom premiered 9 Songs, the most sexually explicit non-pornographic ﬁlm ever released (its stars performed unsimulated sexual intercourse on camera).
Even outside the screening rooms, Sundance had a reputation for cowboy antics. Like in 1996, when Harvey Weinstein got into a screaming and shoving match with a rival studio head over the rights to Scott Hicks’s schizophrenia drama Shine (“You fucker! You fucked me! You bid me up . . . you fucker!” Weinstein reportedly shouted). Or in 2009, when Variety ﬁlm critic John Anderson and a ﬁlm publicist named Je Dowd got into a ﬁstﬁght in a Park City restaurant over the cinematic merit of an obscure documentary called Dirt! The Movie.
Today, though, Sundance seems to have pivoted away from edgy and embraced a far more cautious attitude. So cautious, one might even use the word “cowardly.” Take, for instance, the case of Jihad Rehab, a documentary about former Guantanamo detainees that was invited to Sundance last year. The ﬁlm, widely lauded by prominent critics, was directed by Meg Smaker, a ﬁrst-time ﬁlmmaker who spent years in the Middle East learning Arabic but happens to be a white, blond woman from California. Muslim ﬁlmmakers took o ense at the documentary, questioning whether Smaker, a non-Arab, was qualiﬁed to make the ﬁlm—prompting Sundance to do something it had never done before: apologize for showing the movie.
“For someone like me, who came from a working-class family of ﬁreﬁghters, getting into Sundance was beyond winning the lottery,” Smaker tells Los Angeles. “It was supposed to be life-changing, and I guess it was—just not in the way I’d hoped. It was like being at your dream wedding and getting ten feet from the altar, and then having a pile of shit thrown all over you.”
Smaker has since rebounded—she’s raised $800,000 to self-release her ﬁlm—but if her experience with Sundance is at all emblematic of where the festival is heading, it does not bode well. “Sundance built its reptuation on the fact that it’s the place to showcase edgy, independent ﬁlms. And if that’s gone, what are you left with? What’s the point of Sundance?” Smaker asks. “That’s why it’s been such an alarming experience and a wake-up call.”
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1. Director Steven Soderbergh with Laura San Giacomo, Andie MacDowell and Peter Gallagher at a 2009 reunion screening of Sex, Lies, and Videotape. 2. Sundance ﬁxtures Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein in 2009. 3. Park City during the pandemic, when the festival went virtual.
Jihad Rehab director Meg Smaker. 5. Clerks director Kevin Smith.
THE TO-DO LIST
BY JORDAN RIEFE
SPORTS Lakers vs. Clippers
› One ﬁve-game losing streak last fall was followed by another, leaving the Lakers barely recognizable as one of the league’s premier franchises. Beset by injuries to Dennis Schröder, Thomas Bryant, and Cole Swider, along with LeBron James’s usual aches and pains, the purple and gold have been ﬂoundering. Sure, there are rumors about Bojan Bogdanović, but is there any there there? And with Russell Westbrook relegated to sixth man, o ers are said to be streaming in, but none as sweet as the one that would have brought them John Wall, now a Clipper. Even with Kawhi Leonard’s knee injuries and ongoing groin condition, the Clippers have prevailed against the Lakers twice already this season, 103-97 and 114-101. So go cheer for one or both. They need you!
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ART The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia
› Lacquer techniques and materials from the north, south, east, west, and center of East Asia have long intermingled, represented by over 80 works from Japan, China, and Korea drawn from LACMA’s permanent collection. LACMA, December 18 to April 16.
ART Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, 1938–1945
› The Transcendentalist manifesto vowed “to carry painting beyond the appearance of the physical world, through new concepts of space,
color, light and design to imaginative realms that are idealistic and spiritual.” Works by New Mexico artists Raymond Jonson, Emil Bisttram, Agnes Pelton, and Lawren Harris aspire to abstraction grounded in the collective unconscious. LACMA, December 18 to June 19.
The Villa: A Novel › From Rachel Hawkins, the New York Times best-selling author of The Wife Upstairs and Reckless Girls, comes a murder mystery set in an Italian villa where a pair of friends are vacationing. By trying to solve an age-old murder, one of them might unwittingly inspire her own demise. January 3.
The Pale Blue Eye
› Based on the novel by Louis Bayard, this streamer explores Edgar Allan Poe’s short stint as a cadet at West Point (fact) assisting in a murder investigation (ﬁction). “He’s such a misﬁt.
Nobody really likes him or trusts him in West Point,” Christian Bale said of Poe at a recent press screening at the Paciﬁc Design Center. In the ﬁlm, Bale plays Detective Landor, who enlists the dark poet in solving the murder of a fellow cadet. The actor reteams with director Scott Cooper for the third time after Out of the Furnace and Hostiles, for this moody whodunit starring Harry Melling as Poe, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and the always inspiring Robert Duvall Netﬂix, January 6.
› Horror master James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) has created a female
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Chucky for the artiﬁcialintelligence age. A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a freaky life-size doll with a hunger for the kill. In theaters January 6.
A Man Called Otto
› This is the second ﬁlm adaptation of the hit Swedish novel A Man Called Ove, about a lonely old grouch and SHOTGUN WEDDING
the unlikely friendship he forms with the family next door. It stars Tom Hanks as Otto, along with Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller, and Mike Birbiglia In theaters January 13.
iHeartRadio ALTer EGO
› It’s like an epic outdoor summer music fest, only indoors in the winter. But that won’t keep Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Fall Out Boy, Rosa Linn, CHVRCHES, Beach Weather, and Phoenix from rocking the roof o . The Forum, January 14.
› Postmodern choreographer Simone Forti gets the museum treatment in the ﬁ rst West Coast exhibition dedicated to her career, including works on paper, videos, holograms, and performance ephemera, as well as weekly stagings of her piece Dance Constructions MOCA, January 15 to April 2.
Call Me Anne
› When Anne Heche died after a car crash in L.A. last summer, she left behind memorable performances in movies like Donnie Brasco. Her legacy also includes this new memoir, a sequel to 2001’s Call Me Crazy Ellen DeGeneres, Harvey Weinstein, childhood sexual abuse—it’s all there, but so are acceptance and forgiveness. January 24.
› Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel’s luxurious destination wedding is hijacked by bad guys in this star-studded rom-com. With a supporting cast including Jennifer Coolidge, D’Arcy Carden, Melissa Hunter, Callie Hernandez, Cheech Marin, Sônia Braga, Steve Coulter, and Lenny Kravitz, love will ﬁnd a way. Prime Video, January 27.
MOVIE Worlds Apart
› Gallerist Jonathan is married to Sue but has a mistress, Clarissa, whom he cannot see on account of the COVID lockdown. Forced isolation leads to a reevaluation of relationships among three couples in this comedy starring Bob Odenkirk, Radha Mitchell, and Danny Huston In theaters January 27.
THEATER The Little Foxes
› Lillian Hellman’s classic centered on three Southern siblings seething with greed and ambition gets a SoCal staging under the direction of Lisa Peterson When it premiered on Broadway in 1939, it
starred Tallulah Bankhead as the devilishly clever Regina, a role immortalized by Bette Davis in the 1941 ﬁlm that received nine Oscar nominations.
South Coast Repertory, January 29 to February 26.
MEMOIR Love, Pamela
› We added the punctuation, but this is how Pamela Anderson described her memoir in an Instagram post: “I repainted scenes in detail, if it was my childhood or at the Playboy Mansion . Just one girl’s messy life—a celebration of imperfections.” The 1990s sex symbol calls the book an “unpolished attempt” by a mother, activist, and actress. January 31.
› Beating the traditional taiko drum for four decades, members of Kodo - reﬂect on the past with their One Earth Tour 2023 The program, Tsuzumi, held for two years because of COVID, traces their music to its origins in Japanese folklore blended with Chinese and Korean cultural inﬂuences dating to the sixth century.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, January 31.
Still Cookin’ with Gas
“CUT!” YELLED the director. “Are you all on drugs?
Tragedy had struck Tornadoes of Eden , a ’90s-era disaster ﬂick. An extra had sabotaged the scene by sticking out his tongue. “Can you tuck your little tongue back in your mouth?” the director asked four times. And then peals of laughter o stage stopped the action.
Turns out the movie wasn’t real. It was improvised on a Thursday night in early November by the Groundlings, L.A.’s famed comedy school and theater. Their snug 99-seat venue on Melrose brimmed at capacity for the 30th anniversary of Cookin’ with GAS, a cult show that’s seen things—and people—you wouldn’t believe.
It started with Groundling Melanie Graham, who created GAS in 1992. She’d long admired the Groundlings’ Main Company stars like Phil Hartman and Paul
Reubens, but they’d moved on. GAS mixed Groundlings, alumni, and rising stars in the Sunday Company (hence GAS ) for a night of what they loved most: improv. “Improv is kind of like heroin,” explains alum Michael McDonald. He’s talking about the high of going onstage sans script—and having it work.
Graham became the show’s ﬁrst director and established its structure: two acts, six to eight players. The ﬁrst act opens and closes with an improvised song, with short scenes between. The second act is usually an extended improv. Audience suggestions fuel it all.
Early on, special guests were invited in. The challenge of playing with a celebrity you’ve never met, says alum and GAS mainstay Mindy Sterling, is a thrill. “We get up there,
we don’t know who we’re gonna work with, and it’s, like, boom! Go!”
One of the ﬁrst special guests was Mike Myers (who later used the Groundlings’ stage to work out his Austin Powers personae). “The Groundlings were character-based, which really spoke to me,” he says. It was here that Myers met Sterling. He loved her so much that he wrote the part of Frau Farbissina for her.
Quentin Tarantino also performed in the ’90s. “I remember him being really playful,” says GAS icon Karen Maruyama, who eventually got cast, along with Kathy Gri n and other Groundlings, in Pulp Fiction.
Big-name guests are usually won over by the Groundlings’ teamoriented approach. Paul Feig, a 2013 invitee felt nervous because he hadn’t done improv in two decades. “But they’d kind of clean up your mess,” Feig recalls, “if you shit the bed.”
To this day, the unpredictability of improv, the proximity to Hollywood, and the mystery of the celebrity guest combine for an only-in-L.A. show that’s hard to pass up.
You never know what or whom you’ll see. Perhaps Minnie Driver embodying a WNBA player. Or Jordan Peele splitting his pants. Even during lockdown, Graham’s brainchild united people who wouldn’t normally be together. Lisa Kudrow almost broke a Zoom show, as more than 200 people clamored to join.
Back in the theater, November’s anniversary show saw an electric blend of veterans and upand-comers. As actor H Michael Croner tried to stay stone-faced while begging Julian Gant to tuck in his little tongue, it was easy to see GAS ’s appeal. The joy’s infectious.
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THE GROUNDLINGS ’ GAME-CHANGING SHOW CELEBRATES THREE DECADES OF IMPROV WITH CELEBRITY GUESTS IN L.A. BY SEAN FITZ-GERALD
1. Paul Reubens 2. Lisa Kudrow and Patrick Bristow 3. Cheryl Hines 4. Phil Hartman 5. Jennifer Coolidge 6. Will Ferrell
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The End is Nighy
A STAR MASQUERADING AS A CHARACTER ACTOR, BILL NIGHY BRINGS HIS VEDDY BRITISH INSCRUTABILITY TO LIVING , A NEW ADAPTATION OF AKIRA KUROSAWA’S
BY STEVE ERICKSON
IN LIVING , BILL NIGHY plays an aging bureaucrat who has six months to live. He can’t bring himself to reveal this to the people he’s supposed to be close to, like his kids, conﬁding instead in nearly random strangers for whom he can invent himself anew in their eyes. One is a younger guy he gets drunk with in a pub. Another is a young woman from his o ce to whom he may feel an unthreatening attraction, as everyone around him leaps to the wrong conclusions. A British version of Japanese maestro Akira Kurosawa’s 70-year-old masterpiece Ikiru, as adapted by novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, who pitched the remake to Nighy one night when they found themselves in the same cab, Living is alternately moving and misbegotten, structurally awkward, and not unlike Brendan Fraser’s The Whale, succeeds best as a vehicle for the actor at its center.
Not quite like anyone else in movies, Nighy projects the difﬁdence of someone who maybe aspired to be not an actor but a musician, which isn’t the case, or a writer, which is. There’s a musicality in the movement of his long frame, not so much his walk as his stance, and he’s always shared a mutual attraction with conspicuously literate properties written by Tom Stoppard or David Hare. He speaks in the cadences of someone who is at once deliberate but slightly vexed, bewildered by something about existence that only he understands; it’s not hard to believe reports that he was once o ered the role of Doctor Who. The stare of his eyes and the small smile that barely whispers to the surface of his face convey a constant bemusement that characterizes not only his day-to-day attitude but a worldview, until it erupts in rare rage such as in the climactic scene of 2011’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, when he confronts his unbearable wife and convinces you that his still waters run deep enough for that rage to have a source. His quintessential role is Johnny Worricker, the MI5 spy who came in out of the heat in the TV movie trilogy Page Eight , Turks & Caicos , and Salting the Battleﬁeld, where the apparent amorality of his heroism disguised a moral fury that everyone persuaded themselves he didn’t have, to their own peril.
Nighy’s sti upper lip has always been marked by unmistakable ﬂashes of Keith Richards cool.
There’s an advantage to finally becoming a star in your later years. Born working class in the English suburbs where it counts and trained as an actor in London where it also counts, Nighy didn’t register with many Americans until his washed-up rockers in 1998’s Still Crazy and then more prominently in 2003’s Love Actually, when he was well into his 50s. Now 73, he got his first starring role of any note when he was over 60. When you’ve played everything from hobbits and Nazi war criminals to mariner of doom Davy Jones and eternity’s oldest vampire, you know who you are—or you know as well as you ever will. Nighy always seemed to have the look and temperament of an obvious character actor until it became just as obvious he was more than that; sometimes stars are born—with that mix of looks, talent, charisma, and focus, was Tom Cruise ever going to be anything else?— but just as often, they’re forged of some alignment of curious coordinates. Nighy’s curious alignment finds his profile rising just in time to play dying men.
Counting down his days, so buttoned up that he’s practically choking in his collar and tie, Nighy’s bureaucrat in Living suddenly has no time to make all the connections he never made, to make his life matter in a way it never has. Nighy brings to this dying role the mystique of a lifetime: a British inscrutability that’s always been marked by ﬂeeting but unmistakable ﬂashes of Keith Richards cool. The tightlipped circumspection that marks so many major characters he has played is at its most laconic here, ever so precisely mapping the emotional no-man’s-land between collapse and redemption. The movie’s greatest triumph is that one of the most singular men in the movies turns out to be an everyman for the ages.
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Nighy finds his profile rising just in time to play dying men.
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Christian McBride’s The Movement Revisited A Musical Portrait of Four Icons
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Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
I’d Rather Lead a Band with Loudon Wainwright III
Wed Feb 8 | 8pm
Melissa Aldana Quartet JAZZ CLUB
Fri Feb 10 | 8pm
Joel Ross’ Parables JAZZ CLUB
The Parable of the Poet
Sat Feb 11 | 8pm
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra Featuring Samara Joy
Vince Giordano & Loudon Wainwright III
East of Eden
A TINY STRIP OF EAST HOLLYWOOD IS EMERGING AS THE CITY’S NEW HIPSTER HUB
BY MERLE GINSBERG
THERE’S AN EAST SIDE zeitgeist afoot but not in Silver Lake or Echo Park. Been there, ate and shopped that. “Young people started moving to East Hollywood because they couldn’t a ord anywhere else,” explains entrepreneur Dustin Lancaster. “Rents are a ordable—that’s what’s made East Hollywood the new ‘It’ neighborhood.” Lancaster opened the area’s ﬁrst boutique hotel, Hotel Covell, eight years ago, in what’s since morphed into a neighborhood Los Angeles calls “EaHo.” The 2.5-mile enclave is bound by Western Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard and the 101 freeway and encompasses Thai Town and Little Armenia. Notable landmarks: the Vista Theatre (soon to be revived by Quentin Tarantino), Barnsdall Art Park and Children’s Hospital. The stretch of stores, bars, and restaurants on Hollywood Boulevard from Hillhurst to Vermont have all sprung up in the last few years. “East Hollywood is so robust with art, ﬂavors, cultures,” says Nicole Dougherty, co-owner of Tabula Rasa bar. “Our block is happily now one of the most walkable blocks in L.A.”
» Owner-jewelry designer Lauren Wolf opened a shop in her studio in Oakland in 2011. Now, ﬁve stores later (New York, San Diego, Echo Park, East Hollywood), all Esqueleto locations carry unique art, jewelry, crafts, and decorative objects. Wolf’s vendors are indie artisans—everything is handcrafted and individualized. The jewelry varies in price point but tends toward the artisanal; many necklaces and rings are built for stacking, including unique engagement and wedding rings for rugged individualists.
» 4618 Hollywood Blvd., shopesqueleto.com.
» Starday’s co-owners, retro-tressed-and-dressed redhead Nicole Bernstein and husband Ben McCarthy, tool around town in two 1950s Buicks as authentically vintage as their wares: pedigreed pieces for women (Rudi Gernreich! Giorgio di Sant’Angelo!) and men, costume jewelry, handbags, hats, lingerie, snoods, California pottery, dishes, phones, and clocks. “Our collection ranges from 1920s to 1990s,” says Bernstein. “We go looking for anything old and try to save it.” Attention music bu s: one corner’s jam-packed with vintage guitars and vinyl.
» 4665 Hollywood Blvd, stardayvintage.com.
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Sōgo Roll Bar
» Devour ﬂavorful sushi rolls while they’re warm, suggest co-owners Dustin Lancaster and Sarah Dietz. “We toast the nori before we make them (yellowtail, scallop, lobster, and more); the outside’s crunchy, the rice is warm.” Order sets of three, four, ﬁve, or six. If rolls aren’t your thing, try avocado crispy rice or donburi (rice bowls with ﬁsh). “ ‘Sōgo’ means mutual in Japanese,” says Lancaster. “We locals needed some serious sushi around here.” There’s a long bar inside and outside tables for more leisurely dining.
» 4634 Hollywood Blvd., sogorollbar.com
» “Lame Parents Stay Away,” warns a red neon sign at Little Giants, a chic store opened in 2021 by the Brooklyn original. But tykes and toddlers are welcome: the space is full of groovy goods for pint-size hipster newborns through ten-year-olds. The upstairs event loft (baby break dancing, anyone?) has a behemoth red S-curved slide that leads little feet into a pile of plastic balls on the ﬁrst ﬂoor. There, parents and progeny can peruse Little Giants camo bucket hats, toys, books, tees, kicks, sweats, hoodies—even wee onesies.
» 4675 Hollywood Blvd., wearelittlegiants.com
5Tabula Rasa Natural Wine Bar
» The popular natural-wine bar’s been home to poets, musicians and artists for six years now, opening at 2 p.m. every day so creatives can work at the bar with the help of a glass of red, white, rosé, or orange wine. “Natural wine,” explains Nicole Dougherty (co-owner with Zach Negin) “is from family farms, handpicked, nonmanipulated—like traditional wines were made.” Tabula Rasa holds wine events and live jazz as well as weekly DJs and poetry readings featuring some of the friendly bartenders.
» 5125 Hollywood Blvd., tabularasabar.com
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STYLIST-TURNED-FASHION ARCHIVIST HAILE LIDOW LITERALLY LIVES IN HER CLOTHES—OR AT LEAST ALL AROUND THEM
BY JULIUS MILLER
OST PEOPLE have closets in their home. Haile Lidow has a home in her closets. The 29-year-old stylist-slash-fashion archivist has turned her Los Feliz house into a highend garment dispensary, with racks of rare designer duds ﬁlling almost every corner. Her shoe collection alone, which occupies its own wing, would have Imelda Marcos biting her knuckles with envy. These days, her outﬁts are also her business: her Lidow Archive supplies other stylists and their clients — like Madonna and Lady Gaga —with one-of-a-kind red carpet ensembles. The best part? Lidow can dip into the inventory whenever she wants, making her one of L.A.’s most distinctive dressers.
My favorite decade to source accessories from is the 1980s: they’re big, gaudy, and unapologetically over-the-top. Both of these belts are from that decade and are my favorite pieces to wear that I’ve kept in constant rotation for many years.
When Marc Jacobs showed his fall 2016 and spring 2017 runway collections, I fell in love with the platform boots. I vowed to scour the internet to ﬁnd a pair. Six years later, I’ve acquired 23 pairs. This particular pair—green crocodile prototypes—are probably my favorites.
My mom was the earrings queen. She’s given me a bunch, and wearing them has become special since she passed.
When I showed my friend and hairstylist Ricky Fraser the jumpsuit, he immediately suggested this Barbarella do.
These rings are the only items in my collection that are strictly personal—I don’t rent them out —so they are extra special.
These vintage 1980s ivory bracelets belonged to my grandmother, who is one of the biggest inﬂuences in my life. She was a surrealist painter who used mannequins as her primary medium and had closets full of colorful clothes.
There’s nothing more powerful than a set of long nails! For years, I got intricate designs on acrylics or gel extensions, but lately I’ve been sporting press-ons for shoots and special occasions.
I purchased this incredible 1991 Christian Lacroix catsuit from my friend who owns Farmer Jawns, one of my favorite vintage shops. I just love how it makes me look like an alien!
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NEVER MIND THE DUMPSTER FIRE AT TWITTER. THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD’S BIGGER HEADACHE JUST MAY BE TESLA , WHICH LATELY SEEMS TO BE SELF-DRIVING OFF A CLIFF
ELON MUSK’S chaotic aquisition of the social-media giant Twitter late last year—which saw the replatforming of ex-president Donald Trump and a host of deporables alongside the dismissal of half of Twitter’s workforce—gave the world a bracing primer in the management style of the South Africanborn billionaire mogul. One can theorize that Musk’s notorious impulsiveness and probable poor emotional regulation might be interfering with achieving his vision of a Muskiﬁed future of space travel on demand and cars that the drive themselves, embodied by his two principal companies: Space X, the leading private spacetransport company, and Tesla, the deﬁnitive electric-vehicle brand. While both are alive and
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humming, the instant, just-addwater future they once o ered has yet to materialize.
In no arena is this truer than that of the driverless vehicle. What was once an inspiring moonshot that as late as 2017 Musk was touting would by now be commonplace has instead settled into a morass of regulatory scrutiny, scaled-back expectations, and ﬁ nger-pointing over who is to blame for bringing an overhyped technology crashing back to earth. Increasingly, Tesla and its temperamental CEO are taking the heat.
Tesla took the ﬁrst steps toward autonomous cars in 2014 when it began outﬁtting its Model S sedans with technology to automate certain functions, like acceleration, braking, and steering. The feature, evocatively dubbed “Autopilot,” combined lane-keeping assistance with elements of traditional adaptive cruise control—introduced on the 1998 Mercedes S-Class sedan—that were meant to keep vehicles inside lane lines painted on asphalt. A blog post released by the company in 2015 insisted that Autopilot was not a “self-driving” mechanism and that the driver would be “responsible for, and ultimately in control of, the car.”
The same post stated that Tesla vehicles were equipped with hardware that would allow “the introduction of self-driving technology” through incremental software releases.
Musk, ever to the frustration of his publicists, appeared to trample
the company’s cautious corporate messaging a year later by telling reporters on a conference call that he believed Autopilot to be “probably better” than human drivers. On that same call, he forecast that Teslas would be equipped to drive better than humans within three years and that, within two, it would be possible to “summon” one’s Tesla from remote locations. “eg, you’re in L.A. and the car is in N.Y.,” Musk later tweeted. The unsurprising takeaway: Teslas could already drive themselves. Soon, YouTube broadcast videos of Model S owners riding shotgun as their cars hurled down highways, driver seats serenely empty.
Then the accident reports started rolling in. In January 2016, a 23-year-old in the Chinese province of Hebei was killed while driving home from a family wedding. The Tesla Model S he was driving reportedly collided with the rear of a street sweeper. His family sued Tesla, claiming Autopilot was engaged at the time of the accident. Three months later, Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, was killed after his Model S slammed into the side of a tractor trailer in Levy County, Florida. Brown was a Tesla enthusiast who frequently made and published
YouTube videos of himself using Autopilot, one of which was reposted by Musk to his own Twitter account that purported to show Autopilot steering to “avoid collision with a truck,” Musk wrote.
Brown’s death caught the attention of the National Transportation Safety Board, which launched an investigation. In its ﬁnal report, the NTSB backtracked on its preliminary ﬁndings that Autopilot failed to apply the brakes and that Brown’s crash was not in fact a result of technological defect. Ultimately, a 2019 independent review by the Quality Control Systems Corporation disputed the NTSB’s ﬁndings, stating that collisions involving airbag deployment in fact likely increased following integration of Autopilot.
Meanwhile, scrutiny of Tesla’s driverless functionalities continue to pile up. Tests conducted by Consumer Reports found that the Autopilot feature required “signiﬁcant driver intervention” and that it “lagged far behind a human driver’s skills.” The Consumer Reports test vehicle cut o nearby cars and passed some in ways that violated state laws. The magazine’s test of the “Smart Summon” feature found that a driverless Tesla often crossed lane lines, had di culty navigating parking lots, and moved “like a drunken or distracted driver.”
The National Highway Tra c Safety Administration has thus far identiﬁed 11 instances in which Tesla cars on Autopilot have struck ﬁrst responders or emergency vehicles utilizing ﬂashing lights, ﬂares, or illuminated signage to warn of hazards. In August 2021, the agency opened an investigation into alleged safety defects with Autopilot, bolstered by calls from Congress to look into what some have described as Tesla’s deceptive marketing practices around the feature; a year earlier, a court in Germany banned Tesla from using the term “Autopilot” in its sales and marketing materials. The NHTSA also ordered
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According to Consumer Reports , Teslas on Autopilot moved “like a drunken or distracted driver.”
the company to disclose information about any crashes involving driverless-vehicle technology in marketing materials describing its functionality.
Tesla responded to the NHTSA inquiry in October 2021, claiming the request violated its right to shield trade secrets and conﬁdential business information. That same month, however, Tesla issued a recall for over 11,000 vehicles using its latest “Full Self-Driving,” or FSD beta software—one of the incremental upgrades to AutoPilot the company
had promised, which was installed in 160,000 Teslas whose owners had agreed to road test the program.
Soon, drivers with FSD deployed reported instances of “phantom braking,” or sudden, jarring brake initiation while in motion. A report in the Washington Post documented similar problems with FSD-equipped Teslas. The Post assembled a panel of six experts in driverless-vehicle technology, which reviewed a series of authenticated driver videos published to YouTube highlighting
the FSD feature. The panel identiﬁed multiple instances of concern, including a scene in which a driver appeared to be ﬁghting FSD for control and vehicles “failing to properly interpret critical road markings and signs” as well as “ordinary pedestrian behavior.”
One video reviewed by the Post, reported to be the ﬁrst recorded crash of a car equipped with FSD, showed a Tesla making an automated right turn through an intersection in San Jose, California, collide head-on with a green bollard installed to protect a bike lane from passing tra c. A video review of an FSD-equipped Model 3 sedan released by CNN likened the experience to “a little like teaching a teenager how to drive.”
Last November, Chinese lawenforcement authorities launched
UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED?
1. Wreckage of a Tesla that crashed on Autopilot.
A battery ﬁre destroys a Tesla in 2022.
an investigation into an incident in Guangdong province, in which a Model Y sedan attempting to park suddenly took o on a two-lane road at breakneck speed before colliding with a storefront about 30 seconds later. The driver reportedly survived with injuries, but two individuals were killed in connection with the incident. Rumors swirled online that the vehicle was attempting an auto-park before it mysteriously accelerated away on its own. Tesla has claimed that logs from the vehicle in question showed that the brake pedal was not applied during the incident. Surveillance footage of the speeding Tesla show that rear brake lights were not illuminated for most of the 30-second stretch, though they turn on brieﬂy about 23 seconds in.
Dan O’Dowd is a Santa Barbarabased engineer and CEO of Green Hills Software, which provides programming for intercontinental nuclear bombers and what he describes as “systems that require the highest degree of reliability.” O’Dowd is also founder of the Dawn Project, a software-safety advocacy organization that has kept Tesla squarely in its crosshairs over the years.
“It’s machinery that has the potential to kill many people,” he says of FSD-outﬁtted Tesla models. “And it is being developed with the move-fast-and-breakthings methodology of Silicon Valley. We shouldn’t be relying on that methodology when building things that many lives depend on.”
O’Dowd, who unsuccesfully ran for the California Senate last year on a platform of banning FSD from being tested on public streets, describes FSD as “terrible” and disputes Tesla’s characterization of the software as “driver assistance.”
“It drives the car for you,” he tells Los Angeles. “It just drives the car badly.”
According to Dawn Project studies of various Tesla models, FSD engages maneuvers that “would cost you your license” approximately
every eight minutes. One of the main bugs identiﬁed by O’Dowd and his team concerns FSD’s ability to read tra c signs. “It doesn’t know what a do-not-enter sign means,” he says, “So it’ll drive down a one-way-street.” FSD also comes with speed limits preprogrammed, meaning it won’t recognize or honor temporary speed limits placed in construction zones, for example. “It should not be sold,” O’Dowd insists of FSD. “This product is simply not ready to be on the road.”
Since the NHTSA launched its inquiry into the safety of FSD, the picture has gotten only gloomier for Tesla. Last February, the company announced a recall of nearly 54,000 vehicles equipped with FSD, which, in addition to its other vagaries, allows vehicles to make “dangerous and potentially fatal rolling stops at stop signs,” according to Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Peter Steinberg. To date, the company has recalled more than 1.5 million vehicles over issues with various automatic functions, including FSD. (Los Angeles reached out to Tesla for comment on current or forthcoming safety updates to Autopilot and FSD but did not receive a response prior to publication.)
Tesla is not the only electric vehicle manufacturer running into problems with implementing driverless technology. New York Times reporter Cade Metz relayed his experience riding in a driverless Chevy Bolt operated by Cruise, the rideshare service backed by General Motors, through the streets of San Francisco. Metz reported the Bolt swerved sharply to avoid a car it mistook for a pedestrian, braked without adequately decelerating at red lights, and at one point detected an imaginary accident in the road, pulled over, and promptly shut down for the night.
For Alexander Wyglinski, an associate dean for graduate studies in electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, the present dreary outlook for driverless technology may
not be permanent. He’s particularly bullish on research into connected and autonomous vehicles, or CAVs, which incorporate data communicated from nearby vehicles to map their environment in real time; already, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Michigan have implemented programs to adopt CAV speciﬁcaions for future autonomous vehicles.
An autonomous car’s collision avoidance system that relies on, say, 11 internally stored images of a deer jumping across the road is limited to those exact scenarios; a CAV can access thousands of images of deer, standing still and in motion, solo or in groups, to recognize and respond to the threat before a set of antlers comes crashing through the windshield. There are no consumer vehicles currently on the market that have integrated CAV technology, “but there are ton of people working on it,” Wyglinski notes.
Meanwhile, Tesla plows ahead with FSD. Last November, Musk took to his just-purchased Twitter to announce: “Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who requests it from the car screen . . . Congrats to Tesla Autopilot/AI team on achieving a major milestone!”
To which a commenter responded: “It should be illegal to ‘beta test’ shit like that on the open road.”
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“It doesn’t know what a do-not-enter sign means. So it’ll drive down a oneway street.”
Santa Barbara engineer Dan O’Dowd wants Tesla to pull its “terrible” self-driving software.
THE FOOD EVENT
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Los Angeles magazine’s 16th annual extravaganza celebrating L.A.’s robust culinary scene.
Santa Susana Mountains in the background of the Hummingbird Nest Ranch, the venue for the
annual food event
Prince Street Pizza serving up hot slices
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Chef Sieger Bayer from etta on the demonstration stage along with stage host Jessica Vilchis from NBC LA’s California Live
Tasty fried chicken topped with a quail egg from Poppy & Rose
Demonstration stage sponsor The Mountain Valley Spring Water keeping the attendees hydrated with their high quality water in glass bottles
Land Rover featuring their new Defender
On Sunday, October 23, Los Angeles magazine hosted the 16th annual epicurean extravaganza, The Food Event 2022. Attendees ventured to the breathtaking Hummingbird Nest Ranch in the Santa Susana Mountains to indulge in delectable tastings from a variety of L.A. restaurants. Pours from boutique wineries, spirits, and beverages complemented the gourmet samplings of sweet and savory delights.
Additionally, guests enjoyed the Chef Demonstration Stage, hosted by California Live’s Jessica Vilchis, which featured live cooking and mixology presentations by Chef Sieger Bayer of etta, Chef Victor Muñoz of Conservatory West Hollywood and Matthew Biancaniello, proprietor of Eat Your Drink.
The culinary-focused day was complete with unique experiences including:
Art of Tea
Boar Dough Tasting Room
Champion’s Curry Cookie Dough Dreams Emporium Thai Cuisine etta
Ginger’s Divine Ice Creams
Guerrilla Tacos Hank’s Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles
Little Llama Peruvian Tacos
Luv2Eat Thai Bistro Miracle Noodle momed Poppy + Rose Prince Street Pizza Qué Padre Rainbird
STK Steakhouse The Pizza Plant Velverie Cafe
Maker’s Mark No. 46
Mario’s Hard Espresso Mezcal33
Santa Teresa 1796 St Germain Oxley Gin
The House of Suntory
The Mountain Valley Spring Water
Austin Hope Winery Bernardus Winery Brick & Mortar Wines Caymus Vineyards Dana V. Wines
Drew Family Cellars
Ram’s Gate Winery Riboli Family Wine Sevtap Winery
T. Berkley Wines
The 50 by 50 Wines
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Silent Disco presented by Celebrity Cruises
Photo Studio presented by GUESS
Automotive Experience presented by Land Rover & Jaguar
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Opposite page 1. A picture-perfect day set the scene at the annual food event 2. FitChow and Miracle Noodle serving up tasty samples 3. Jaguar featuring their F-Type convertible 4. Celebrity Cruises danced the day away with a Silent Disco, tasty Mexican bites and a mezcal cocktail featuring Mezcall 33 5. Guess showed oﬀ a new line of eyewear at their photo and demonstration booth. Their sunglasses were a hit on this beautiful sunny day 6. The Pizza Plant featured Vegan pizza freshly made on site This page 7. Guess kept all the guests in high fashion with great bags and sunglasses 8. St. Germain making some amazing cocktails 9. Momed was a crowd favorite with their tasty bites 10. The scene in the barn was just as lively as the great lawn 11. STK serving up their award winning sliders. These sliders won best burger in our Burger Bourbon Beer battle back in May of 2022 12. etta Keeping guests cool serving up refreshing oysters along side their ice sculpture and tasty Makers 46 cocktails 13. The entrance to the great lawn made for a fun arrival at the food event 14. The House of Suntory brought out some great cocktails and set up a swanky space to enjoy cocktails at the Food Event 15. Santa Teresa Rum was serving up tasty cocktails and making sure everyone was having a great day on the cocktail dance ﬂoor area 16. Drew Family Cellars sampling some great wine varieties 17. Chef Victor Munoz of Conservatory on the demo stage. Showing guests how they can make some tasty food at home like at Conservatory 18. Guest loved lounging along the lawn lake, good times all around 19. A big party happening at the Celebrity Cruises silent disco. Celebrity Cruises knows how to keep guests entertained on land or sea 20. Makers Mark 46 made one of the best signature drinks of the day, the perfect drink for the end of a fabulous day 21. The food event is a celebration of food and drinks, but just as important, it is a celebration of life, love and the Los Angeles magazine lifestyle.
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From an over-the-top seafood temple to scrumptious Filipino rice bowls, we feature the city’s best new restaurants and dishes for every taste, budget, and occasion
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HAUTE DISHES 1. Asterid: Octopus 2. Sa y’s: Mixed skewers 3. n/soto: Bone marrow 4. Mother Wolf; Panzanella salad 5. San Laurel: Sea urchin 6. Asterid: Caviar 7. Asterid: Chicken liver mousse 8. San Laurel: Wild mushrooms in Laurel cream 9. San Laurel: Lobster salpicón 3 2 7 5 9 6 4 1 8 LAMAG.COM 45
• THE MENU at L.A. chef Ray Garcia’s new restaurant, Asterid, inside Walt Disney Concert Hall, is as sleek and curated as the restaurant’s design. The dishes are, in some ways, a departure from the extensive fare Garcia o ered at his previous B.S. Taqueria and Broken Spanish. Here, Garcia’s expertise gets condensed into a modern Californialeaning menu with dazzling seasonal starters like sunchoke rösti with crème fraîche and strawberry pepper jam. The chicken liver mousse is a masterpiece in a bowl covered with a bouquet of grape compote, sliced pear, pickled pearl onions, and mustard, and served with sliced toasted sourdough. The lamb shank with pomegranate, preserved lemon, and ancho chiles comes with warm ﬂatbread and is more than enough to share. Its location inside one of the city’s iconic music venues makes it a convenient place to eat or drink before or after a show, but Asterid’s food and cocktails make it a destination all its own.
CHEFS MAX Boonthanakit and Lijo George met in 2020 while working at Alain Ducasse’s Blue in Bangkok, and now, with Camphor—their sleek, minimalist, whitewalled Arts District bistro—they’ve brought something entirely new to L.A. The stunning interior creates a lofty, transporting experience, while the chefs’ access to spices from George’s southern Indian homeland makes for extraordinary meals. After guests are greeted by a sta dressed in white, the space becomes a canvas for food plated with precision. Lobster tail is presented and ﬁnished with bisque at the table. Steak au poivre comes with cast-iron pots piled with frites and plates of steamed asparagus blanketed in béarnaise. Yes, it’s bistro fare, but Camphor is so much more. What appears to be a chocolate soufflé is actually chocolate meringue atop hazelnut ice cream, with marshmallows and toasted hazelnuts. Since opening, the restaurant has launched a brunch and a bar menu including one of the city’s most succulent burgers. It’s made of duck meat and dry-aged beef and served on a duck fat brioche bun with caramelized onions.
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The Dish of the Year
OUR DISH OF the year is not the most complicated or over-the-top. But the miso-baked bone marrow at n/soto, chef Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama’s modern izakaya in West Adams, has the kind of showstopping ﬂavor that lingers on your palate and in your mind. A collaboration
The wedge-shaped rice ball is made of a mix of cooked Japanese short-grain rice, umeboshi, bonito ﬂakes, and soy sauce. It’s then formed into a triangle, or onigiri, and grilled until golden.
The chef spreads a mixture of sake kasu (sake cream), a blend of red and white miso paste called awase miso, sugar, mirin, and sake onto the bone marrow before it’s cooked to a glistening caramel color.
PICKLED RED ONION
This bright-pink garnish of red onion pickled in red wine vinegar serves as a kushi naoshi (palate cleanser) after the rich bone marrow and rice.
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head chef Yoji Tajima, the dish consists of a sweet, caramelized piece of bone marrow plated beside rice with umeboshi, or pickled Japanese plum. It’s served with a spoon, and diners are instructed to scoop out the marrow and follow it with a bit of rice and pickled plum.—H.P.
• THE SISTER restaurant to Dear John’s, the old-school steak house in Culver City from chef Hans and Patti Röckenwagner and chef Josiah Citrin, Dear Jane’s is an old-school seafood restaurant by the water in Marina del Rey. The separate bar is an experience in and of itself, with a roaring ﬁreplace and a slightly more casual ambience but with food and cocktail options similar to those in the dining room. An entire side of the lively and buzzing formal dining area o ers an unobstructed view of boats moored in the marina. The multitiered room evokes a feeling of special occasions, with white tablecloths and mannered table-side service for items like shrimp Louie salad, which gets drenched in a citrusy, homemade Thousand Island–like dressing. There also are seafood towers, ﬁsh sticks with caviar, Dungeness crab cakes, oysters Rockefeller, and a list of classic dishes like trout amandine, ﬁsh-and-chips, and cioppino. Dear Jane’s successfully re-creates the nostalgic style of dining so many crave while serving food that still manages to surprise and impress.
• THERE IS only one menu at this cozy, dimly lit, 20-seat Koreatown gem where chef Ki Kim uses curated ingredients to delicately weave together Korean ﬂavors into dishes that exist in a genre all their own. A place at the chef’s counter is ideal and provides a front-row seat for watching Kim and his team’s detailed, balletic plating. At $72 for six courses, Kinn's is one of the more a ordable tasting menus around and includes an evolving, playful menu of thoughtfully crafted dishes like yellowtail in a bath of oyster sauce and charcoal-grilled Wagyu short ribs. The menu can be upgraded with add-ons such as crispy Spanish octopus and hen of the woods mushroom conﬁt with uni. Though the restaurant lacks a cocktail menu, it features a selection of European wines and Korean spirits that pair well with Kim’s menu.
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• KUYA LORD began as a pop-up in 2019, serving Filipino street food at bars and breweries around L.A. During the pandemic, chef Lord Maynard Llera, once the sous chef at Bestia, began cooking in his garage in La Ca ñada Flintridge, and word spread quickly that his dishes were available for weekly pickups. Today, his extremely popular food has a home in a small storefront in East Hollywood. There are 21 seats for dining in, though Llera’s take-out business is hopping. The shareable trays are a great way to experience a selection of proteins— sweet or savory sausage, grilled Caledonia blue prawns in garlic crab sauce, or Llera’s famous lucenachon (crispy roasted pork belly)—all while sampling glistening chami noodles, tomato-cucumber salad, and wonderfully bright and vinegary pickled green papaya. Finish a meal here with tangy and sweet Filipino Calamansi key lime pie with pandan whipped cream. Though this brickand-mortar has been a long time coming for Llera, who had been planning to open a Filipino restaurant since leaving Bestia in 2016, it is, in many ways, just the beginning. We can’t wait to see what he does next.
• NAILING DOWN a reservation at chef Evan Funke’s massive, Roman-style restaurant in the heart of Hollywood isn’t easy, but you’ll be glad you did, as crowds form around the hostess station at the entrance to the 92-year-old art deco Citizen News Building. It’s worth noting, however, that the expansive bar area of this 8,600-square-foot ode to Rome is walk-in only, and there are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the same Italian splendor. Inside, the 20-foot-high ceilings with light fixtures of Murano glass make Mother Wolf unlike any other restaurant in Los Angeles. It’s exciting to step foot inside such grandeur, with tabletops of Siena marble and luxurious red-leather booths. The service is so attentive, it borders on performative. With its open kitchen, Mother Wolf is like theater, where Funke’s talent and enthusiasm for perfecting Italian cooking is the star. Because he already had a major presence locally with his Venice restaurant, Felix, many are familiar with Funke’s ricottaand-Parmesan-stu ed squash blossoms paired with an earthy glass of Nebbiolo. The food itself is not brand-new to the city, but the kind of experience he has created here most certainly is.
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• CHEF-OWNERS Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama’s West Adams izakaya-inspired restaurant, n/soto, o ers all of the precision and excellence that earned the pair two Michelin stars for n/naka, their modern kaiseki establishment. But n/soto exudes a more casual, relaxed spirit. The snow crab sunomono (cucumber salad) doesn’t come with a spoon, but you might secretly want one to savor every last drop of the tosazu broth. Skewers are, of course, the heart of an izakaya, and the tender lamb chops and grilled shiitake mushrooms stand out. Each dish on the menu seems more delicious than the last. The room is ﬁlled with diners who know to order the miso-baked bone marrow with umeboshi onigiri rice balls—it lands at most tables. Larger rice dishes like trout and salmon roe with parsley-like mitsuba and pickled vegetables are also available. For dessert, the melon ﬂoat—a bright-green, soda fountain-style coupe—turns heads. This is the kind of meal that has you planning your return before you’ve ﬁnished eating.
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vegan places to eat
AVANT GARDEN BISTRO
At New York-based Overthrow Hospitality’s Melrose restaurant, chef Sarah Stearns’s seasonal menu includes roasted sweet-potato slices on a focaccia raft with cashew ricotta and spiced chutney. Expect standout cocktails like the Vista Sour, a frothy sour garnished with cacao nibs.
7469 Melrose Ave., Fairfax District, avantgardenbistro.com.
Alemayehu expanded on her Smorgasburg L.A. success by opening this veganfusion restaurant o ering vegan tacos and sliders with Ethiopian twists.
510 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, myberbere.com.
Brothers Max and Fred Guerrero went fully vegan in the summer of 2020 at their Chinatown stand and Highland Park diner. They introduced a plant-based “beefy” patty made with well-seasoned soy protein, but their hearty veggie patty, blended with eggplant, mushrooms, carrots, cashews, and miso, is even more vibrant.
943 N. Broadway, Ste. 102, Chinatown, and 110 N. Avenue 56, Highland Park, burgerlords.com.
Peter Williams partnered with Erin Harnisch on this takeout-and-delivery concept. Their marquee item, a savory burger patty featuring crimini
mushrooms and black beans, comes stacked with lettuce, tomato, onion, vegan cheddar, and pickles.
Oyster mushrooms are a crispy, creative stand-in for chicken "wings."
5660 Selmaraine Dr., Culver City, herbieburger.com.
HOLEY GRAIL DONUTS
Siblings Hana and Nile Dreiling make seasonal doughnuts with Hawaiian-grown taro that’s pounded, fermented, and fried in coconut oil. Chocolate Crunch showcases single-origin Hawaiian chocolate, cacao nibs, and sea salt. 8806 Washington Blvd., Culver City, holeygraildonuts.com.
HOT TONGUE PIZZA
Alex Koons serves vegan pizza here as he does at sister pizzeria Purgatory. His “round & thin” crust is supple with a crackly base. Koons makes cashew mozzarella, almond ricotta, and almond Parmesan in-house.
2590 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, hottonguepizza.com.
This stylish sports bar from Real Food Daily owner Adaline Hobbs and her restaurateur dad, Paul Boettcher, o ers burgers, pizzas, and a superfood salad (romaine, kale,
sweet potatoes, and garbanzo beans with an almond-shallot dressing).
4330 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, junkyarddogla.com.
BUTCHER & DELI
Luna takes a holistic approach to wheatprotein-based meats.
An Italian hoagie packs “salami,” “pastrami,” Follow Your Heart Provolone, and a onetwo punch from “pepperoni” and cherry pepper spread.
5933 York Blvd., Highland Park, macielsplantbutcher.com.
Stephanie Morgan started with an Orange County food truck before migrating to brick-and-mortar locations in Costa Mesa and Long Beach. At her latest outpost, the mushroom taco doesn't pull any punches, dressing crusty griddled shrooms with ancho chile oil, tangy fermented curtido (Saldavoran cabbage slaw) and crumbled almond feta.
2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, seabirdskitchen.com.
WOLFIE’S HOT CHICKEN
Jason Eisner parked a food truck next to his Block Party bar during the pandemic and now runs a Highland Park sports bar. His sandwiches include a ﬁerce Seoul-inspired Korean fried “chicken” with house-made Korean barbecue sauce, spicy pickled cucumbers, and kimchi on a toasted bun.
4939 York Blvd., Highland Park, wolﬁeshotla.com.
RYLA: DYLAN J. HO; SAFFY'S: JOSEPH WEAVER
L.A.’S VEGAN REVOLUTION HAS MOVED BEYOND ITS OFTEN UNINSPIRED HEALTH-FOOD ROOTS. NOW ANGELENOS HAVE PLENTY OF CLEVER PLANT-BASED PLAYS ON COMFORT FOODS THAT DON’T SKIMP ON FLAVOR OR FLAIR. HERE, EIGHT VEGAN RESTAURANTS, ONE TRUCK, AND A GHOST-KITCHEN OUTLET THAT DEBUTED SINCE 2020 BY JOSHUA LURIE
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• IN 2022 , husband-and-wife team Ray Hayashi and Cynthia Hetlinger combined their considerable culinary experiences with their Japanese and Taiwanese backgrounds to open a lively upscale restaurant in Hermosa Beach. (He previously worked at David Lefevre’s South Bay standouts M.B. Post, the Arthur J, and Fishing with Dynamite; she spent five years at Providence.) Ryla’s modern design draws a crowd to its wraparound bar where classic cocktails, like Suntory whisky Penicillins made with ginger liqueur and honey, are crafted. There is nothing fussy or pretentious about the menu at Ryla. The food is bright, inventive, and comforting. The fried rice comes ﬂecked with sweet Chinese sausage and pickled ginger and is buried in a thick dusting of shaved black tru es from Burgundy. Start a meal with Hokkaido milk bread with ﬁsh roe-nori spread and make your way down the menu to a main dish like the grilled New Zealand Tai snapper that comes in a pool of lime-coconut broth with mussels, daikon, and Fresno chiles. Since opening, Ryla has launched a popular brunch menu with everything from cold sesame noodles to breakfast sausage sandwiches to Taiwanese dan bing (egg crêpe).
CHEF ORI Menashe had been dreaming of cooking meat on skewers since he and his wife, Genevieve Gergis, opened their other Middle Eastern restaurant, Bavel, in 2018, and Sa y’s is that dream realized. The space is as vibrant as the cocktails being poured behind the pink-tiled bar. Menashe has described the food—shawarma and lamb, pork, and chicken kabobs cooked on a wood-burning stove—to be the most like what he and Gergis might serve to guests in their home. It’s food you crave—like plates of hummus dusted with smoked paprika, Lebanese pine nuts, the spicy green hot sauce zhoug and challah that the chef spent months perfecting. The meat-centric menu is complemented by vegetable-forward sides like green falafel with tahini served atop puddles of a beet zhoug and sprinkled with dill. Keeping with the theme of simplicity, Gergis’s pastry menu is short and, well, sweet: bergamot-chocolate cake with rose ganache, orange blossom creme caramel, and undoubtedly the best soft-serve around, made with house-made bases and rotating farmers’ market-inspired ﬂavors like sour cherry or boysenberry.
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• 4845 FOUNTAIN AVE., EAST HOLLYWOOD • SAFFYSLA.COM • $$$$ •
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A LOOK AT THE BIG THINGS THAT SOME OF L.A.'S MOST TALENTED CHEFS HAVE IN STORE FOR 2023
• JOSÉ ANDRÉS is a chef and humanitarian busy with his endless e orts to feed people around the globe via his World Central Kitchen. He also managed to open a few new restaurants in L.A. last year, including San Laurel, which is perched on the tenth floor of the new Conrad Hotel and o ers possibly the best view one can have of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The restaurant serves pleasing California cuisine that shows o Spanish ﬂavors. Sea urchin with raw scallops in a pool of gazpacho consommé gets a dazzling dollop of caviar. This bright, cold, refreshing mouthful of the ocean is a sureﬁre way to start a meal here. There is a Basque cheesecake for dessert that comes served with a scoop of guava ice cream. Though the food seems relatively down-to-earth considering the kind of molecular gastronomy that made Andrés famous, the cocktails are whimsical. A server pours a beaker full of liquid steam into a mezcal drink to give it an aromatic orange-thyme “cloud.” Yes, San Laurel feels like a hotel restaurant . . . the kind you want to go out of your way for.
“At Arroz & Fun, we are excited to o er creative interpretations of traditional Latin and Asian dishes in a casual environment,” says Liu. 1822 N. Broadway, Lincoln Heights.
Kalb promises “epic caviar service,” house-baked focaccia and “somewhere for a nice cocktail” at Jemma di Mare.
11677 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, jemmadimare.com.
“I grew up in LA. Kabobs and tacos are a passion of mine,” says Martirosyan.
“Mid East Tacos is my love of two worlds on a plate.”
3536 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, mideasttacos.com.
“Best Bet is very personal to me,” says Neroni. “From soup to nuts, my wife and I have been involved with everything. It feels like coming home.” 12565 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City.
“We want people to know Chinese street food is an artisanal craft that everyone from any class can experience,” says Robert, about Bang Bang Noodles.
9355 Culver Blvd., Culver City, bangbangnoodlesla.com.
“Japanese food doesn't need to feel uptight,” says Son of Katsu Sando, which is serving Yoshoku cuisine and Japanese convenience-store fare. 710 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel, eatkatsusando.com.
Expect Charleston classics like she-crab soup and tomato pudding and recipes from Grandma at Queen St., a raw bar also serving wood-ﬁred seafood. 4701 York Blvd., Eagle Rock. —J.L.
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ROBERT AND NELSON LEE
PACO MORAN Swordﬁsh tacos al pastor and a seafood tower stand out at Mariscos Za Za Zá, a spino of LA Cha Cha Cha. 1993 Blake Ave., Elysian Valley.
In the chaotic aftermath of the $40 billion Warner Bros. Discovery merger, the company’s new CEO slashed hundreds of jobs and canceled anticipated movies like Batgirl, infuriating top talent.
Now, Hollywood is bracing for what Zaslav’s second act will bring.
PHOTO BY ART STREIBER
arly last summer, the Discovery Channel’s founder and former chairman, John Hendricks, settled in with his wife and daughter for a movie at his local Regal theater in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They’d come to see
to see Elvis, the grandiose musical biopic, but the most unexpected thrill came at the very beginning: There on the screen was the new Warner Bros. Discovery logo, with the vintage “WB” shield stylized like one of the King’s jeweled belt buckles, right alongside the Discovery name, as the King’s voice unspooled in a spectral remix of “Suspicious Minds.”
“We all looked at each other when that Discovery brand came up. It was like, wow,” Hendricks says of the company name he ﬁrst jotted down as a young entrepreneur in 1984. Following the examples of Ted Turner and his Cable News Network (CNN) in Atlanta and Bill Rasmussen in Connecticut with his Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN), Hendricks was so convinced that there was a place on TV for the documentaries and educational ﬁlms he knew were out there that he initially funded what would become Discovery with cash advances on his credit cards.
When Hendricks stepped down in 2014 as chairman of the company he led for 32 years, Discovery
Communications had grown into a massive success as home to the new genre of reality television: Deadliest MythBusters, Dirty Jobs, Naked and , the annual Shark Week bloc of man-eating programming. Its lucrative holdings grew to include a variety of other networks, from Animal Planet and TLC to the Oprah Winfrey Network. But what Hendricks witnessed at the movies that day represented something much larger: Discovery was conquering the media world.
Much of that expansion could be attributed to Hendricks’s handpicked successor as Discovery’s president and CEO. For most of his professional life, David Zaslav, 62, was regarded as a smart, media-savvy executive with many famous friends from television, ﬁlm, and business, including Steven Spielberg, General Electric’s Jack Welch, and former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter. The married father of three is a news junkie and, during his two decades at NBCUniversal prior to joining Discovery, helped launch the cable news networks CNBC and MSNBC. At Discovery, Zaslav engineered the company’s purchase of a majority interest in Scripps Networks Interactive for $14.6 billion in 2018, adding HGTV, Travel Channel, and Food Network to the company’s roster. “We grew from ﬁve to six billion dollars in revenue to close to ten billion dollars,” says Hendricks.“David spearheaded the bulk of that growth.”
Once installed as Discovery’s CEO, Zaslav began quietly hammering out a merger deal with WarnerMedia’s then-owner, AT&T, a nearly yearlong process that became o cial last April. It was in fact more of a takeover than a merger, allowing Zaslav to expand Discovery’s media properties to include blue-chip brands like HBO Max, CNN, and the 99-year-old Warner Bros. movie studio. Not so
long ago, Discovery was dismissed by industry insiders as “trash TV”; now, it was swallowing a large swath of Hollywood. “A lot of people just didn’t focus on the global reach of Discovery,” says Hendricks, noting its many billions in licensing and advertising revenue, collected across more than 140 countries. “Most of us who’ve been close to Discovery knew it had that potential. But a lot of people in the marketplace were a bit surprised.”
WHEN THE merger ﬁnally closed on April 8, 2022, Discovery landed in Hollywood like an invading force; not even Jason Kilar, then CEO of WarnerMedia, knew about the merger until the news broke. Discovery had acquired the Warner properties from AT&T for $40.4 billion in cash and assumed nearly the same amount in debt. The merger instantly expanded Discovery’s reach in the accelerating streaming wars and included plans for a new service combining HBO Max and Discovery+ in 2023. By now, Zaslav’s pay package had vaulted to an astonishing $246 million, well above the already lofty $37.7 million he earned in 2020.
Once in control, Zaslav took aim at the crushing debt he’d inherited, and many of the cuts hit hard, with layo s across the combined companies (much as he’d cut 25 percent of sta when he took over as CEO of Discovery). He announced the closing of the CNN+ streaming channel just weeks into its high-proﬁle, $300 million launch, laying o more than 300 newly hired employees. The beloved Cartoon Network was gutted, and a plethora of existing content was removed from HBO Max, including almost 200 episodes of Sesame Street. To some observers, this was just the usual turmoil that follows any major media merger—such as Disney’s $71.3 billion takeover of 20th Century Fox in 2019. Only six years earlier, AT&T had purchased Time Warner for $85.4 billion—and that was after America Online merged with the latter in 2000 for a staggering $165 billion.
Catch, Afraid media world.
“Hollywood never learns from its past, and over and over again, you see people making the same mistakes,” says Stephen Galloway, former executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter and now dean of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. “The other thing that happens frequently is one business thinks it can apply its rules to another business. They’re used to regular proﬁt-and-loss businesses, where you can predict revenue to a certain degree. [Hollywood] doesn’t work like that. It’s extremely unpredictable.”
Warner Bros. Discovery may be another case study of why massive media mergers are often so self-destructive. After the deal is done, ﬁrst on the agenda is always slashing away at some of what made the properties worthwhile, just to service the debt incurred with the purchase. Zaslav has announced his intention to ﬁnd $3 billion in cuts by the end of 2023 and is already far along, targeting
duplication within the combined Warner Bros. and Discovery workforces of about 40,000.
If the initial layo s had employees on edge, what came next shook Hollywood’s creative community to
its core: Zaslav decided to cancel the , a nearly completed, trouble-free production that had ﬁnished a seven-month shoot in Glasgow, Scotland, and was gliding into postproduction for exclusive release on HBO Max. Cast and crew received no warning before the story landed in the New York Post on August 2; codirectors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi were in Morocco for El Arbi’s wedding when they found out. The nearly completed animated feature Scoob! Holiday Haunt was also scuttled.
feature ﬁlm Batgirl
It turned out that Batgirl was sacriﬁced in part because of a “purchase accounting” maneuver that was brieﬂy available now that the studio was under new ownership. That made for a quick and easy $70 million write-o , but the move alarmed ﬁlmmakers and other creatives about
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former executive editor of the
announced his intention to find $3 billion in budget cuts by the end of 2023. It’s not lost on Warner Bros. Discovery’s rank and file that in 2021 he received a $246 million pay package billion
THE COMPANY HE KEEPS
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Zaslav with 1. Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, 2. Jon and Kate Goselin, 3. Robert Kennedy Jr. and wife Pamela, 4. Harry Styles, 5. Martha Stewart, 6. Irving Azo and Robert Kraft, 7. Graydon Carter.
the intentions of the new regime. Brendan Fraser, who was cast as the villain Fireﬂy, called the decision “disappointing” and told Variety, “So what did we learn from this? Work with trusted ﬁlmmakers.” Backstage at the Emmys, Michael Keaton, who would have reprised his Batman role in the ﬁlm, was diplomatic as he cradled his Best Actor trophy: “I think it was a business decision. I’m going to assume it was a good one.”
Warner Bros. Discovery defended the move as a “strategic shift” away from original features for HBO Max and a reemphasis on theatrical releases. CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels declared the machinations over canceled shows and disappearing content a media-generated controversy “blown out of proportion.” His insistence that the merged companies o ered “one of the best platforms for anyone in the creative space” was a lot less convincing when content could be so blatantly discarded for the bottom line.
Park West, according to Dirt. But now, in the year of his greatest triumph, Zaslav has gone quiet (he declined to be interviewed for this story). Last year, he participated in a single signiﬁcant interview, a barely 17-minute chat on CNBC’s Squawk Box. In September, he was spotted on the red carpet with Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde at the New York premiere of Don’t Worry Darling, a comfortably proﬁtable Warner Bros. release despite (or thanks to) some very public behind-the-scenes sniping between the cast and director.
1. Leslie Grace and 2. Brendan Fraser starred in Batgirl, which Zaslav pulled ahead of its release. Zaslav earned some needed artistic cred for naming 3. director James Gunn to head DC Films.
As Zaslav arrives in Los Angeles, to take charge of the legacy movie studio now part of his media empire, he’s made requisite symbolic gestures, including personal meetings with retired studio chiefs from Paramount’s Sherry Lansing to Disney’s Robert A. Iger—that is, before Iger reassumed his CEO’s throne following the brutal dismissal of Bob Chapek, his handpicked successor, after a devastating billiondollar quarterly loss spooked the Disney board late last year. There’s also Zaslav’s $16 million purchase of Woodland, the Beverly Hills estate of the late Paramount chief and Chinatown producer Robert Evans. It was not unlike David Ge en’s 1990 purchase of the eight-acre Jack Warner estate (now owned
Zaslav would never have done it if he
“The whole thing with the Batgirl movie shocked everyone—it was a huge slap,” says Galloway. “That said, deep down, everybody knows Zaslav would never have done it if he thought there was a way of recouping [the] money.”
Zaslav’s welcome at the various ruined half of his friendships in the other people about the toll that’s takthe last great day of his career was the
Zaslav’s welcome at the various Warner Bros. properties is now tempered with outrage and suspicion. One insider at the company, who asked not to be identiﬁed, expressed genuine sympathy: “I feel like he’s ruined half of his friendships in the last six months. And I hear from other people about the toll that’s taking on him. I can’t help but think that the last great day of his career was the day that deal closed. Every day since has been a shit show.”
ZASLAV USED to be a reliable presence in the news media and on the New York society circuit. He and his wife, Pamela, frequently entertain at their East Hampton retreat, purchased from ad man Jerry Della Femina for $24.6 million, two years after dropping $25 million on Conan O’Brien’s duplex on Central
by Je Bezos) as a sign of his commitment to the tribe. “These are symbols of where the new court is,” says Galloway. In the case of Zaslav, a native New Yorker, “it said, ‘I’m not just taking over Hollywood. I’m staking my position geographically.’ ”
Zaslav’s apparently genuine love for movies can also be read in the company’s new slogan “The stu that dreams are made of,” uttered by Humphrey Bogart in the 1941 Warner Bros. classic The Maltese Falcon, a more poetic take on what Zaslav frequently says out loud: “Content has always been our North Star.” It is telling that he wants Warner Bros. to reemphasize theatrical releases, and on that he may be ahead of the curve—as competitor Netﬂix again chose to walk away from potentially tens of millions in box o ce by giving the highly anticipated Knives Out sequel Glass Onion only a limited theatrical release in November.
Zaslav recognizes movie ticket dollars as real money, in contrast to the AT&T-backed Warner Bros. regime, which alienated major ﬁlmmaking talent (auteurs Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve among them) by announcing at the height of the COVID-19 panic a plan to simultaneously debut feature ﬁlms in theaters and on HBO Max. That included hotly anticipated ﬁlms like Villeneuve’s Dune and The Matrix Resurrections Nolan was quoted lamenting that he went from working for “the greatest movie studio” to feeding content to “the worst streaming service.” (Not for nothing was Zaslav recently spotted at lunch with Nolan and Spielberg.)
That said, Zaslav has no meaningful previous experience running a feature ﬁlm company. Neither did freshly ousted Disney CEO Chapek, who rose ﬁrst through the company’s home media and parks divisions before becoming Iger’s chosen heir. After Chapek spent almost 30 years at Disney, his ﬁring was announced on a Sunday, with none of the usual pretenses allowed for a graceful departure—maybe management skills for running theme parks were not transferable to the studio’s core ﬁlm and television operations after all.
With the industry facing a possible economic slowdown in 2023, a looming contract expiration with the Writers Guild of America that many have concluded will lead to a strike, the startling example of Netﬂix’s loss of 200,000 paid subscribers in the ﬁrst quarter of last year and another 970,000 in the second, Zaslav’s leadership will be tested when he is still preoccupied with ongoing fallout from the merger. Puck Newsletter’s Matthew Belloni quoted a banker who declared that, in such a fraught environment, no newly christened
spending $70 million on features for HBO Max made no sense to his bottom line.
media CEO, especially one with a compensation package as lavish as Zaslav’s, is safe: “Chapek is ﬁrst, but all these guys will be out.”
Still, if the streaming audience has hit a ceiling, Zaslav has diversity of content to lean on. And next to the likely massive box o ce for new tentpoles like the sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the possibility that Batgirl might attract some streaming subscribers was di cult to quantify in numbers recognizable to Wall Street. Zaslav has other ideas for how to ﬁght the streaming wars, and
“It’s always possible to cut too much and damage that brand connection” with the audience, says Eric Johnson, faculty director at the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Center for Entertainment, Media & Sports, and a 20-year veteran of Disneyowned ESPN. But with Warner Bros. Discovery’s combination of high-end HBO Max content, adventurous nonﬁction Discovery+ programming, and all the assets of the former Turner Sports networks, “You’ve really created a moat around the castle,” Johnson points out. “They’re already one of the leading forces” in streaming.
NOTHING IN the media portfolio
Zaslav oversees has drawn more scrutiny than his stewardship of CNN. (His daughter Ali is a well-liked producer at the network.) “News is critical,” he insisted in an interview with CNBC, citing his years at NBCUniversal. “I’ve been around news for more than half of my career.”
CNN is also a profound responsibility beyond its usual $1 billion in annual proﬁts. Its place in Zaslav’s larger streaming plans is unknown, but he’s expressed a desire to have CNN accessible on personal devices around the world. “That’s di erentiating versus a Netﬂix or a Disney, and it’s core to who I am,” he told Squawk Box. Observes a knowledgeable CNN sta er: “I think Zaslav’s heart is in the right place, but his wallet may be in a di erent place. He clearly feels he has to make changes that are troubling.”
The ﬁrst shock came with Zaslav’s sudden shutdown of CNN+, and the loss of hundreds of jobs. A series of high-proﬁle exits of on-air talent followed: White House correspondent John Harwood; legal analyst Je rey Toobin; and media reporter Brian Stelter, host of the network’s longestrunning show, Reliable Sources, now canceled. The public outcry was swift, with calls on social media to #BoycottCNN. It was a bad look for
What came next shook Hollywood’s creative community to its core: Zaslav canceled the nearly completed feature film Batgirl that was gliding into postproduction after a trouble-free shoot.
Zaslav’s budding regime, as was the inﬂuence of billionaire John Malone, a major shareholder in Warner Bros. Discovery, and a past Trump supporter. In November 2021, Malone told CNBC: “I would like to see CNN evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists, which would be unique and refreshing.” In the same interview, Malone praised Fox News.
Zaslav’s instrument of change at CNN is network chairman Chris Licht, who replaced Je Zucker, who resigned in 2018 after an internal investigation revealed he had not disclosed a consensual relationship with one of his lieutenants. It’s a big job for the former showrunner for Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on CBS. In his new role, Licht has been guiding multiple waves of layo s and grappling with why “the most trusted name in news” came in last in the ratings among the three major cable news networks during last fall’s suspenseﬁlled midterm elections. While Licht insists to sta that all decisions are his own, the uncertainty about where CNN is headed is a constant source of anxiety in the newsroom. “The conventional wisdom inside CNN is that Chris Licht is not making the decisions, that Chris Licht is really, really good at managing up,” says a CNN sta er, who asked not to be identiﬁed. “His entire focus is about his relationship with Zaslav. With the new regime, the complaint that you hear every day is that you don’t know what they want.”
Aside from Toobin, whose career derailed after he exposed himself during a Zoom meeting in 2020, there was no obvious rationale behind the highest-proﬁle exits—except for their willingness to criticize Trump. Harwood’s was especially puzzling, considering his decades of experience across multiple White House administrations and his years of sharp, fair critiques of both sides of the partisan divide. During his ﬁnal appearance on September 2 last year, Harwood’s commentary on President Biden’s warnings that “the Republican Party right now is led by a dishonest demagogue” and that
democracy itself was under threat carried an extra punch when, later that afternoon, he tweeted that it was his ﬁnal day at the network. CNN was accused of abruptly silencing a journalist for speaking the truth. Former CBS newsman Dan Rather tweeted: “What’s going on at CNN? It’s a serious question. There is a lot of speculation on directives and motives.” Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who knew and disliked Licht from when they were both at the network, replied: “It’s a long story, but the new president is there to cut o the liberal heads.”
comfortable schmoozing at parties with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.) So far on HBO Max’s front page, CNN remains virtually invisible, with only Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? prominently displayed. Meanwhile, the network announced it was cutting back on CNN’s original series and ﬁlms for cost reasons, not politics, wounding a division that created such acclaimed (and proﬁtable) content as Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and the 2013 documentary Blackﬁsh. Another round of layo s in December pushed out CNN political pundit Chris Cillizza and Atlantabased anchor Martin Savidge, who’d been with the network since 1996.
The anonymous CNN sta er says Harwood knew for two weeks that would be his ﬁnal morning on the network; that CNN chose not to clarify the timing publicly strangely suggested that even if the personnel changes at CNN are not necessarily ideological, management doesn’t mind them appearing that way. The news business in the Trump era is complicated, and CNN is still a long way from attracting MAGA faithful to tune in for Anderson Cooper. (Zaslav has in the past been
happy, friendly brand that everyone
“If the goal is to make CNN this happy, friendly brand that everyone loves so they can be a tile on HBO Max, maybe that’s a great plan,” adds the CNN sta er. “I happen to think it’s impossible.”
Max, maybe that’s a great plan,” adds , the
WHEN THE news broke last March that Warner Bros. Discovery-owned DC Films would be cochaired by director James Gunn, who brings ﬁlmmaking chops to the executive o ces and a genuine comfort level with DC characters, hard-core comics fans were relieved. Gunn, best known for the irreverent Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad will lead the next wave of DC feature ﬁlms, TV and animation with producer Peter Safran (Aquaman, Shazam!). Following the Batgirl debacle, the appointments were casual evidence that Zaslav was acknowledging the outsized power of fans to drive the fates of the comicsderived tentpoles dominating the U.S. box o ce. That same constituency was behind the public pressure that led the AT&T regime to allow Zack Snyder to complete his fourhour director’s cut of Warner Bros.’s Justice League for HBO Max. “Our job is to protect the DC brand,” Zaslav said on an earnings call last year. “And that’s what we’re going to do.”
But that didn’t stop Zaslav from purging dozens of animated series from HBO Max. Creators saw years
[Zaslav] ruined half his friendships in the last sixth months, and I hear about the toll that is taking. The last great day of his career was the day the deal closed. Every day since has been a shit show.”
of work suddenly vanish. After ﬁve years on HBO, Summer Camp Island was canceled with an unaired sixth and ﬁnal season completed. (It will now air in 2023 on Cartoon Network, the series’ original home.) On Twitter, creator Julia Pott vented: “We were a family of hardworking artists who wanted to make something beautiful, and HBO Max just pulled them all like we were nothing.” Adding to the resentment, many of these productions had been created under the trying conditions of peak COVID-19 protocols. Even The Day the Earth
Blew Up, an animated feature from Warner Bros. Animation, starring the company’s iconic Looney Tunes characters, was left homeless after being cut as an HBO Max original. That and an animated Batman ﬁlm coproduced by J. J. Abrams are now being shopped instead to outside networks—sending proprietary legacy characters into the world to generate income to pay down the merger’s debt. The Cartoon Network was hit with a tsunami of layo s, cutting 125 jobs (a crippling 26 percent of its workforce), and the news that it was being merged with Warner Bros. Animation. While the Cartoon Network channel will remain, the merger marked the likely end of its iconic animation studio as a standalone, artist-driven operation with
its own culture, which had created decades of innovative shows, from Johnny Bravo to the grown-up cartoons of Adult Swim. To Cartoon Network viewers, with an emotional attachment to its shows from childhood onward, one of the best-known brands in TV animation was being dismantled in all but name.
EIGHT YEARS after stepping down as chairman of Discovery, Hendricks, 70, now runs Curiosity Stream, his new documentary subscription network, but remains an admirer of Zaslav as his protégé grapples with the demands and debt of a major conglomerate at a time of unprecedented uncertainty. Hendricks derides the chatter about an imminent media apocalypse as “irrational panic.”
Already, Zaslav has faced rumors that he was eyeing a sale of Warner Bros. Discovery, which he ﬂatly denied (Iger vaguely dismissed similar rumors about selling Disney to Apple as “pure speculation”), particularly after Hollywood suffered its worst-ever non-pandemic Thanksgiving weekend at the box o ce last year. Zaslav is meanwhile consumed with making his gigantic new streaming service—combining sports and high-end drama, reality TV and international news, wild animals and superheroes—a proﬁtable reality. He’s also shown a willingness to play hardball in negotiations as he eyes all that debt, even suggesting, “We don’t have to have the NBA” on his sports networks if the price is too high. If the fortunes of Warner Bros. Discovery don’t turn around fast enough, then none of his lieutenants should get too comfortable. But if things somehow work out as Zaslav envisions they will, look for more expansion and buying of assets, which has been this executive’s fallback since he landed in Discovery’s ranks all those years ago.
ing, “We don’t have to have the NBA” too high. If the fortunes of Warner capable than David of pulling that
“I don’t think there’s anybody more capable than David of pulling that o ,” Hendricks says. “David’s very likable, which I think has served him well. He has a way of getting people to a ‘yes.’ ”
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1. CNN’s White House correspondent John Harwood, 2. legal analyst Je rey Toobin, and 3. media reporter and Reliable Sources host Brian Stetler. All were gone soon after Zaslav took over. alone, artist-driven operation with chatter about an imminent media
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AMONG ITS other cultural gifts, hip-hop gave the world the dazzling accompaniment of jewelry that matched the music’s unapologetic bigness and boldness, spurning convention for sparkly street art you could wear. Never have diamonds been so ice-cold, so plentiful, crusting over rings and watch faces in a fury of ﬂex. The artists and artisans who both inspired these creations and were inspired by them are the subject of a remarkable retrospective, Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History (Taschen). With cred-lending text by
Slick Rick, A$AP Ferg, LL Cool J, Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas, the book is an overdue chronicle of hip-hop’s aesthetic relevance beyond its beats and rhymes. As Slick Rick (aka Ricky Walters) points out in the forward: “Every culture celebrates its creative contributions in its own ways. Black culture goes above and beyond. Going big is just how we roll. This is true of our music, our dance, our sense of fashion . . . and our jewelry.”
BY MICHAEL WALKER
FROM GODFATHER TO SON Eric Lynn Wright, better known as Eazy-E, put in the work turning West Coast ﬂ ow into an international cultural phenomenon by founding Ruthless Records and leading N.W.A, which included future stars Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. N.W.A’s 1988 debut album, Straight Outta Compton, was an instant worldwide smash and one of gangsta rap’s deﬁ ning artifacts. Eazy died at 30, in 1995. His son, Lil Eazy-E, holds a pendant depiction of his father by Benn Baller of IF & Co.
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In the late 1980s, a young Biz Markie walked into the New York Diamond District shop of Jacob “Jacob the Jeweler” Arabo of Jacob & Co. and requested a signature piece of jewelry that would become the “Biz” ring. Biz was Jacob’s ﬁrst client from the hiphop world, launching a legendary run of design collaborations between Jacob and a long list of other artists in the genre.
BIZ MARKIE: GEORGE DUBOSE, NEW YORK, 1988; ROXANNE SHANTE: DAVID CORIO, LONDON, 1989; SLICK RICK: JANETTE BECKMAN, NEW YORK, 1988
WHO’S THAT GIRL? New York rapper Roxanne Shante name-checks herself with an eponymous hair plate and gold door-knocker statement earrings.
A pioneer in hip-hop jewelry, Slick Rick created the draped-ingold look that became a classic of the 1980s. The New York-based Anglo-American MC popularized the large dookie rope chain while also adorning himself with crowns, scepters, and other motifs that became synonymous with hip-hop jewelry.
Favored by high-proﬁle rappers from Notorious B.I.G. to Pharrell and A$AP Rocky, Japanese fashion legend Nigo’s jewelry collection includes a nameplate belt, diamond ring, and set of three BAPE (A Bathing Ape) heads by Jacob & Co. Nigo’s love for the 1968 ﬁlm Planet of the Apes served as the inspiration for the BAPE logo, as well as referencing the Japanese idiom “a bathing ape in lukewarm water.”
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Rapper, songwriter, and record producer Missy Elliott’s diamondencrusted gold pendant sports a metaphorically rich turntable expressed in black diamonds, with a solid gold needle and fully movable parts. By Jacob & Co.
NIGO: GREGORY BOJORQUEZ, SHIBUYA, TOKYO, 2004; MISSY ELLIOTT: COURTESY OF JACOB. & CO.; MEGAN THEE STALLION: ZACH BOISJOLY, NEW YORK, 2018
Megan Thee Stallion rocks “Stalli,” a 30-carat baguette diamond nameplate on a 30-karat white and rose gold Gucci Cuban link chain by Iceman Nick.
DANIEL MALIKYAR, ATLANTA, 2019
OH, BABY Grammy-winning rapper and songwriter Lil Baby’s assortment of jewelry from Icebox Jewelers includes diamond Cuban link chains with a “Baby” nameplate, a Cartier Santos de Cartier skeleton custom iced-out watch, and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chrono customized iced-out timepiece.
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Guy Azar The Agency 1882376 818-379-7700 guy.azar@theagencyre. com
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Michael Koshet Keller Williams Calabasas 1504747 818-915-3829 email@example.com
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Doug Puetz Keller Williams Calabasas 995378 805-795-4455 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Rodriguez Keller Williams Calabasas 1402283 818-581-5829 email@example.com
David Salmanson Rodeo Realty 2024450 818-421-2170 DS4Homes@gmail.com
David Shemesh Keller Williams Calabasas 1836977 818-665-6688 iknowyourhomevalue@ gmail.com
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Camellia Yeroomian The Agency 2090567 818-379-7700 camellia.yeroomian@ theagencyre.com
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Ellen Katzman Equity Union 1258867 818-692-6203 email@example.com
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La Cañada Flintridge Kari Carson Compass 1903828 818-424-5537 email@example.com
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La Verne Nick Abbadessa RE/MAX Masters 1398872 909-292-7888 Nick@SoldByNick.com
Jenny Xu RE/MAX Masters 1258213 626-674-7368 jenny@jennyxuhome. com
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Janice Sadler Redfin Corporation 1359319 562-397-4685 janice.sadler@redfin. com
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Michelle Zabukovec Redfin Corporation 1851945 206-595-6681 Michelle.zabukovec@ redfin.com
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Coldwell Banker Realty 1334830 323-377-5661 Robert.Baer@camoves. com
Lotoya Bailey Nourmand & Associates 1963044 323-599-0089 amannle@nourmand. com
Todd Baker Coldwell Banker Realty 1446166 310-801-1475 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Loren Bennett Redfin Corporation 1744020 818 674-0176 Loren.bennett@redfin. com
Michelle Bolotin Compass 1397141 310-463-7278 michelle.bolotin@ compass.com
Laura Brau Compass 1931500 310-650-4156 laura.brau@compass. com
Stephanie Brocato Redfin Corporation 2012858 818-395-2465 Stephanie.brocato@ redfin.com
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Roddy de la Garza
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Jesse Del Rio
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Lori Grzybowski Redfin Corporation 1985498 805-302-7307 lori.grzybowski@redfin. com
Nadine Guyaux Redfin Corporation 1932889 310-925-4180 nadine.guyaux@redfin. com
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Joseph Harris Redfin Corporation 1252870 818-294-2205 joseph.harris@redfin. com
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Matt Kanner Keller Williams Los Feliz 1349203 323-300-1772 email@example.com
Lindsay Katz Redfin Corporation 1921555 818-521-9931 lindsay.katz@redfin. com
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Veronica Klein Compass 1218557 310-704-3554 email@example.com
John Kostrey Nourmand & Associates 1729039 323-785-7545 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Judy Lin Young RubyHome 1914120 626-215-4466 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant Linscott Keller Williams Los Feliz 1715002 323-333-6222 offers@grantlinscott. com
Rick Llanos Coldwell Banker Realty 1123101 323-810-0828 rick.llanos@camoves. com
Jason Lorge Keller Williams Los Feliz 1703599 714-686-5807 email@example.com
Heidi Ludwig Redfin Corporation 1400091 310-920-2129 Heidi.Ludwig@Redfin. com
Lisa Mansfield Sotheby’s International Realty 1105508 310-993-2303 firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Menard Compass 1858710 310-729-9726 email@example.com
Brett Miller Nourmand & Associates 1333139 310-435-3998 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Mintz Compass 1859203 310-991-3808 email@example.com
Jonathan Mogharrabi Compass 2009871 310-633-1300 j.mogharrabi@compass. com
Julie Mollo Compass 1818207 323-459-2789 julie.mollo@compass. com
George Moreno Keller Williams Los Feliz 560275 323-394-8168 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty 928961 310-871-3636 email@example.com
Dana Murphy Redfin Corporation 1348375 805-750-2735 dana.murphy@redfin. com
Marisol Navar Redfin Corporation 1235054 562-688-2856 marisol.navar@redfin. com
Karl Niehaus KW Advisors 1450751 310-880-7900 KarlNiehaus@CREI.biz
Victor Nissani Redfin Corporation 1412328 310-710-8780 victor.nissani@redfin. com
Matthew O’Keefe Compass 1356816 310-429-4552 matthew.okeefe@ compass.com
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Arto Poladian Redfin Corporation 1779642 818-383-2792 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Ranuschio Redfin Corporation 1348375 661-607-3178 jessica.ranuschio@ redfin.com
Rick Raymundo Marcus & Millichap 1357019 213-943-1855 email@example.com
Ian Rhodes Keller Williams Los Feliz 1844869 323-821-4069 rhodesleadhome@ gmail.com
Griffin Riddle The Agency 1949069 424-400-5900 firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh Ritnimit Redfin Corporation 1873160 626-375-7966 josh.ritnimit@redfin. com
Tim Root Redfin Corporation 2106211 310-435-2067 email@example.com
Patricia Ruben Sotheby’s International Realty 1262286 323-333-3801 Patricia.Ruben@sir.com
Melissa Ryan Coldwell Banker Realty 1160269 310-993-8319 MelissaRyanRealEstate@aol.com
Deirdre Salomone Maisonre 1325829 323-788-1674 deirdre@L34group.com
Jeffrey T. Sandorf Compass 1396545 310-625-4099 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vahan Saroians Keller Williams Los Feliz 1085051 323-497-6655 email@example.com
Brian Schames Compass 2012778 323-633-7524 bschames@compass. com
Angela Scurry-Herrera Redfin Corporation 1462327 661-373-8026 angela.scurryherrera@ redfin.com
Brian Selem The Agency 1056044 424-400-5900 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shamon Shamonki Sotheby’s International Realty 1455034 310-713-4492 shamon.shamonki@ sir.com
Jamie Blake Sher The Sher Group 1362370 323-304-2455 email@example.com
Marianna Smith Redfin Corporation 2115194 424-390-9618 marianna.smith@redfin. com
Josh Stein-Sapir Keyes Real Estate 1979910 424-401-6165 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Switzer Coldwell Banker Realty 1422161 310-463-5527 email@example.com
Samira Tapia Compass 2008942 818-642-9622 samira.tapia@compass. com
Mary Lu Tuthill Coldwell Banker Realty 556630 310-339-3327 marylu@marylututhill. com
Karen Ulloa Redfin Corporation 1395066 951-206-7842 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Victoria Velazquez The Agency 2038302 310-614-4240 victoriav@theagencyre. com
Justin Vold Redﬁn Corporation 1818571 408-221-3175 justin.vold@redﬁn.com
Michael Waxman Redﬁn Corporation 1063090 661-373-5282 michael.waxman@ redﬁn.com
Keri White The Agency 1491049 424-400-5900 kwhite@theagencyre. com
Sotheby’s International Realty 1943483 310-428-5045 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Wolf Redﬁn Corporation 1413548 661-755-7148 jackie.wolf@redﬁn.com
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Vanessa Yan Soulful Abode 1418060 310-259-4381 vanessa@soulfulabode. com
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Christine Anderson Strand Hill 2025722 310-750-5614 christine@strandhill. com
Tony Barberi Vista Sotheby’s International Realty 1351812 310-529-2344 Tony.Barberi@vistasir. com
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Becky Davidson RE/MAX Properties 1894087 310-920-9287 RDavidson@ EPLAHomes.com
Shawn Dugan Strand Hill 1749343 310-265-3428 manonthestrand@ gmail.com
Chad Fahlbusch Strand Hill 1346526 310-600-3555 chad@southbaychad. com
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Darren Pujalet RE/MAX Properties 1845166 310-613-1690 DPujalet@EPLAHomes. com
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Jim Van Zanten
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Shannon Shue KW Advisors 1975849 310-853-0335 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dan Johnson Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties 609860 805-895-5150 DanJohnson@bhhscal. com
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University of La Verne 1950 3rd Street, La Verne (909) 593-3511 Laverne.edu
University of Southern California Los Angeles (213) 740-2311 | Usc.edu
Vanguard University 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 556-3610 | vanguard.edu
Whittier College 13406 E, Philadelphia Street, Whittier (562) 907-4200 | whittier.edu
Woodbury University 7500 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank (818) 767-0888 woodbury.edu
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19 River Road South, Putney, VT 05346 (802) 387-6718 | landmark.edu
Open House: January 6, 2023 (virtual); March 18, 2023 (on campus)
Landmark College— the college for students who learn differently—is a global leader of integrated teaching methods for students with learning differences, including dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and executive function challenges.
LC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees; online programs, including high school dual enrollment, online associate degrees, and College START, a fully online first-year of college; and summer programs for high school and college students. LC's Bay Area Success Center provides in-person or online support for neurodiverse teens and adults.
Students, faculty, and education professionals are drawn to Landmark College for its innovative educational model, which has been
developed over four decades of working with students who learn differently. LC’s curriculum, designed for students to master academic skills and strategies in a way that builds from semester to semester, helps them become confident, self-empowered, and independently successful learners. Ninety percent of Landmark College graduates are employed or in graduate school, and LC alumni graduate at a significantly higher rate when compared to other college students with learning differences.
LC's on-campus and online programs offer career support that begins during the application process and continues beyond graduation. The Office of Career Connections provides a robust menu of career and internship services designed for students who learn differently, including on- and off-campus internships and an Employment Readiness Program for students who are just starting out in the workforce.
The Landmark College Institute for Research and Training pioneers LD research and trains educators to implement student-centered best practices. LC’s Center for Neurodiversity champions cultural, social, DEI, and scholarly perspectives, which aim to strengthen an understanding of neurodivergence in the workplace and society at large. Find out why U.S. News & World Report has rated Landmark College a top college in the Northeast for Undergraduate Teaching and Innovation! Discover your learning ability at Landmark College!
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Year Founded: 1985 Grades Served: College (bachelor's and associate degrees) Current Enrollment Number: 450 Student-Faculty Ratio: 6:1 Graduation Rate: N/A Uniforms Required: N/A THE STATS Tuition: $62,720 Top Awards/Recognitions: U.S. News & World Report top college in the Northeast for Undergraduate Teaching and Innovation; Great Value Colleges ' Best Disability Friendly Schools Accreditations: New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) LAMAG.COM 91
EF ACADEMY PASADENA
INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
1505 East Howard Street, Pasadena, CA 91104 (626) 507-9300 | efacademy.org/pasadena
Open House: Saturday, February 25, 2023
EF Academy Pasadena, an international day and boarding school, opens a world of opportunities for students by providing them with a transformational, global education, thorough preparation for university and a future that knows no borders.
We believe that living and learning in an international community helps make the world a better place. Through individual and collective learning, we empower young people from all nationalities and backgrounds to realize their full potential, become open-minded individuals, and make a positive impact in their communities and in the world.
The EF Academy Pasadena campus focuses on student-centric learning and houses our signature Global Leadership program. This program prepares the next generation of global changemakers to meet the challenges of the 21st century by designing sophisticated solutions to address local and global issues. EF Academy allows students to experience the whole world in their classroom.
Year Founded: 2019
Grades Served: 9-12
Current Enrollment Number: 125
Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Graduation Rate: Based on statistics from our New York Campus: 99%
Uniforms Required: No
Tuition: Day Student: $42,000, 5-day Boarding: $61,500, 7-day: $69,500
Accreditations: California Department of Education, MSA
THE HELP GROUP SCHOOLS
Sherman Oaks, Valley Glen, Van Nuys, and Culver City (877) 943-5747 | thehelpgroup.org
Open House: Schedule an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the heart of The Help Group’s efforts is the commitment to helping young people with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse, and emotional challenges fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive, and rewarding lives. The Help Group also provides affirming support to all LGBTQ+ children, young adults, and their families, including those with social and learning differences.
The Help Group’s 13 specialized day schools offer preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and transition programs, and are certified by the California State Department of Education. The schools, located on four campuses in the Los Angeles area, provide prescriptive teaching, small classes, individualized curriculum, and enrichment activities to maximize learning, social skills development, and emotional well-being. Help Group students are grouped according to their needs and peer level in a supportive environment, and are also provided with school experiences, such as athletics, prom, and more.
The Help Group Schools include Bridgeport School, Bridgeport Vocational Center, North Hills Prep, Sunrise School, Summit View School, STEM3 Academy, Village Glen School, Westview School of Arts, and Young Learners.
Year Founded: 1975
Grades Served: Pre-K – 12+ (up to age 22)
Student-Faculty Ratio: 7:1 minimum
Tuition: Private and public funding accepted College Prep and AP Classes Offered: Yes
Accreditations: Certified by the California State Department of Education; WASC (North Hills Prep, STEM3 Academy, Summit View School, Village Glen School, Westview School of the Arts)
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LE LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE LOS ANGELES
3261 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (310) 836-3464 | lyceela.org
Open House: January 10, 2023, and February 16, 2023
Le Lycée (pronounced lee-say) offers a challenging international education that emphasizes collaboration, research, respect, compassion, and leadership. A blend of the sciences and arts, Le Lycée's dual curricula (International and French section programs) provide each student with the ability to learn, think, and make decisions based on a sound foundation of logic, knowledge, and character. Academics are balanced with art, drama, music, and sports, as well as strong core human values. LyceeLA students become engaged, vibrant, and productive global citizens. NO NEED TO SPEAK FRENCH TO ENROLL.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LOS ANGELES
1105 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91506 (818) 994-2961 | internationalschool.la
Open House: Virtual admissions events held weekly on Thursdays and every other Tuesday.
The International School of Los Angeles is an independent, international, highquality school that offers both a French immersion track from preschool through 12th grade, which prepares students for the French Baccalauréat; and a separate international high school track that prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. Both programs fulfill the school’s mission of producing bilingual critical thinkers who are open-minded, confident, and caring global citizens.
The school was established in 1978 as a nonprofit organization by visionaries of varied cultural backgrounds who felt that the Los Angeles community needed a school that would prepare children for life in an increasingly international environment. Our school, located across four campuses, is now recognized as one of the most academically challenging private high schools in the United States and continues its long commitment to academic excellence
Year Founded: 1978
Grades Served: Preschool–12th grade Current Enrollment Number: 1,050
Student-Faculty Ratio: (grade dependent) 1:8–1:12
Graduation Rate: 100% Tuition: (grade dependent) $19,895–$25,725
Top Awards/Recognitions: Of the class of 2022, 56% of students received 40 acceptances from the Top 100 Global universities (US News & World Report).
Accreditations: French Ministry of Education, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), International Baccalaureate® (IB). Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the National Honor Society (NHS)
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Year Founded: 1964 Grades Served: preschool to 12th grade Current Enrollment Number: 775 Student-Faculty Ratio: 7:1 Graduation Rate: 100% Uniforms Required: Yes Tuition: $25,350–$38,440
THE STATS Top Awards/Recognitions: Offer College Board AP Capstone, Classic Baccalaureate (BAC), and the Baccalaureate French International (BFI), and the U.S. High School Diploma. Six age-appropriate campuses in West Los Angeles and Pacific Palisades.
Affiliated with Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, the contemporary performance space showcasing eclectic plays, concerts, dance shows, and films.
Accreditations: WASC, French Ministry of Education, NAIS, AEFE
250 South Rossmore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (323) 935-1147 | marlborough.org
If you ask our 530 students why they chose Marlborough, they will share 530 different reasons. That’s because there’s no “one way” to be a Marlborough student. The hallmark of a Marlborough education is not only expanding what you know—it’s about exploring all that could be. From Honors Research to Athletics, Chamber Choir to Entrepreneurship and Fabrication, and Debate to Post-Apocalyptic Literature – every student’s Marlborough experience is unique.
An independent school for girls located in the heart of Los Angeles, Marlborough offers both a middle school and upper school program on our unified campus. With students coming from hundreds of neighborhoods across the city, we embrace differences, seek commonalities, and prioritize health and kindness to positively impact each other and our world.
Guided by our legacy as a leader in girls’ education, we seek to redefine excellence and boldly envision the future as a world where equity leads education
Year Founded: 1889
Grades Served: 7-12
Current Enrollment Number: 530
Student-Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Graduation Rate: 100%
Uniforms Required: Yes Tuition: $47,400
Accreditations: CAIS, WASC, NAIS, ICGS
• In July 2022, we welcomed Jennifer M. Ciccarelli as our ninth Head of School.
• The Frank & Eileen Accelerator Program for the Leaders of Tomorrow launched in 2022, providing the funding, education, and mentorship for any student interested in entrepreneurship to launch a business.
• Thanks to the Rise & Rally capital campaign, a newly renovated performing arts center (Caswell Hall) and health and well-being spaces were opened in 2021.
• During the 2021-2022 season, Marlborough Athletics celebrated nine league championships, four CIF-SS championship appearances, and one CIF-SS championship title.
SIERRA CANYON SCHOOL
11052 Independence Avenue | 20801 Rinaldi Street Chatsworth, CA 91311 (818) 882-8121 | sierracanyonschool.org
Open House: Find visiting opportunities at VisitingSC.org
Sierra Canyon School is a complete Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 experience that fully equips students to rethink the familiar and embrace the unknown. It is a place where ingenious teachers, intrepid students, and forward-thinking leaders work together to shape an education on the adventurous edge. Teachers create meaningful, hands-on learning experiences in the classroom, on the stage, on the playing field and court, and on life-changing journeys. Graduates are primed to excel at the finest colleges and universities, forge purposeful careers, and employ their unshakable optimism to improve the wider world. At Sierra Canyon School, our students gain unstoppable momentum to learn and explore, propelling them toward a lifetime of self-directed success. Year Founded: 1978
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Tuition: $20,000 to $40,770 Top Awards/Recognitions: According to Niche, Sierra Canyon School is ranked: #4 of 75 Best Private K-12 Schools in Los Angeles Area #7 of 258 Most Diverse Private High Schools in Los Angeles Area Accreditations: NAIS,
Association of Schools and Colleges THE STATS
Grades Served: Pre-K–12 Current Enrollment Number: 1,150 Student-Faculty Ratio: 8:1 Lower Campus; 9:1 Upper Campus Graduation Rate: 100% Uniforms Required: Lower Campus (Pre-K–6) Yes; Upper Campus (7–12) Dress Code Only
39TH ANNUAL ADVANCING JUSTICE
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GALA
On October 27th, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California (AJSOCAL) celebrated their 39th Anniversary with a vibrant indoor/outdoor VIP reception at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). The theme was UNITED: ART IN ACTION, representing the power of API creativity and expression in social justice. With over 500 API guests and allies from the worlds of social justice, arts and entertainment, gathering to unite in their cause: the ﬁght against anti-Asian hate.
The gala marked the debut of the outdoor JANM exhibit and ﬂash card series An American Vocabulary: Words in Action by Audrey Chan and jason chu, the two fellows of the Artists at Work program, an AJSOCAL collaboration with JANM. The Joseph Ileto Courage Award was presented to Jamie Yancovitz—CEO and founder of SurvivalArts, dedicated to protecting and healing victims from violence through indigenous arts.
The night was emceed by Denise Dador, ABC7 Correspondent, and deejayed by DJ Gingee. Highlights of the evening included performances by Farishtey, Bhangra dance group, and St. James’ School Korean drummers. Guests were invited to experience the all-new, all-electric Cadillac LYRIQ alongside custom wine glass engraving. House of Suntory was pouring their signature HAKU Vodka, ROKU Gin and TOKI Suntory Whisky cocktails and Kozaemon was sampling their ﬂight of sake oﬀerings.
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Rob Bonta, Attorney General of California 2 . Guests enjoying drinks at the House of Suntory ROKU Gin bar 3. DJ Gingee, spinning at the I AM
JUSTICE DJ Booth 4. Guests enjoying Kozaemon Sake 5. Guests enjoying drinks at the House of Suntory HAKU Vodka bar 6. Jamie Yancovitz (middle) receiving the Joseph IIeto Courage Award from Ish Ileto (right) and Paul Chan (left) 7. Korean Drumming Troupe performance
wine glass engraving compliments of Cadillac
. Left to right: AJSOCAL CEO Connie Chung Joe and Artists at Work fellows jason chu and Audrey Chan 10. The all-new, all-electric Cadillac LYRIQ 11. The outdoor gala activation at the Japanese American National Museum
. Bhangara dance performance
. House of Suntory TOKI Japanese Whisky being poured for a guest
❂ Birdie G’s
SANTA MONICA » American $$
James Beard Award–nominated chef Jeremy Fox gets personal with a sunny spot named after his young daughter. The high-low menu is full of playful ri s on comfort food, from mixed summer cucumbers to a matzo ball soup with carrot miso to a next-level relish tray. Don’t miss the jiggly Rose Petal pie for dessert. 2421 Michigan Ave., 310-310-3616 , or birdiegsla.com . Full bar.
❂ Broad Street Oyster Co.
MALIBU » Seafood $$
If ever there was a car picnic scene, it’s at this open-air spot overlooking Malibu Lagoon State Beach. You can grab a great lobster roll (topped with uni or caviar if you’re feeling extra fancy), towers of raw seafood, great clam chowder, and a burger with Nueske’s bacon that shouldn’t be overlooked. 23359 Pacific Coast Hwy., 424-644-0131, or broadstreetoyster.com . Beer and wine.
SANTA MONICA » Southeast Asian $$$
Bryant Ng mines his Chinese Singaporean heritage, honors wife Kim’s Vietnamese background, and works in the wood-grilling technique he honed at Mozza at this grand Southeast Asian brasserie. Hunker down at a table on the patio—or treat yourself to some great takeout—to devour turmeric-marinated ocean trout or chickpea curry with scallion clay-oven bread. Wherever and however you enjoy Ng’s cooking, you won’t be disappointed. 1314 7th St., 310-393-6699, or cassiala.com . Full bar.
SANTA MONICA » Southeast Asian $$$
Coming here is like visiting a perfectly artdirected beach house where everything—from the colors on the walls to the curries on the plate—just pops. Grab a date, grab your friends,
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and get to the party. Don’t miss the beautifully ferocious Devil Chicken curry, amped up by both fresh and dried bird’s eye chiles and accompanied by a saucer of habanero vinegar that magically cuts the heat and enhances it at the same time. 2104 Main St., 424-238-5195, cobis.la , or @cobis.la Beer and wine.
SANTA MONICA » Italian $
It’s equally pleasant to grab and go or eat at this quiet, a ordable spot that features fresh pastas topped with farmers’ market fare. The colorful, poppy-seed-sprinkled beet ravioli is delicate and delicious, while the gramigna with beef ragù is hearty and satisfying. 1241 5th St., 310-310-8336, or colapasta.com . Beer and wine.
❂ Crudo e Nudo
SANTA MONICA » Seafood $$
Brian Bornemann, the 31-year-old former executive chef at Michael’s Santa Monica, has gone his own way. He and his girlfriend, Leena Culhane, have launched a sustainable neighborhood joint that’s, by turns, a co ee shop, a seafood market, and a casual restaurant where you can nibble impeccably prepared crudo, tuna tartare toasts, and vegan Caesar salads on the patio while sipping a thoughtfully selected natural wine. Though the project began as a pandemic pop-up, it’s now an exciting brick-and-mortar spot from one of the city’s most promising young toques. 2724 Main St., 310-310-2120, crudoenudo.com , or @crudo_e_nudo Beer and wine.
❂ Dear John’s
CULVER CITY » Steak House $$$
There are still good times and great food to be had at this former Sinatra hang stylishly revamped by Josiah Citrin and Hans Röckenwagner. Steakhouse classics—crab Louie, oysters Rockefeller, thick prime steaks—pay homage to the lounge’s Rat Pack past and can be enjoyed on a sunny new patio or to go. 11208 Culver Blvd., 310-881-9288, or dearjohnsbar.com . Full bar.
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CULVER CITY » Italian $$$
With a sprawling patio, concise menu, and various party tricks (the restaurant calls them “moments”), Etta is primed for good times. You can go big and order a $120 short rib “picnic” with various accoutrements for the table or opt to have wine poured into your mouth from a large jug while a server snaps Polaroids. But you can also just pop in for a pizza or excellent pasta at the bar. For dessert, there are shots of tequila and coffee liquor topped with macaroon. 8801 Washington Blvd., 424-570-4444, ettarestaurant.com, or @ettarestaurant. Full bar.
VENICE » Italian $$$
At Evan Funke’s clubby, floral-patterned trattoria, the rigorous dedication to tradition makes for superb focaccia and pastas. The tonnarelli cacio e pepe—strands of pasta adorned only with pecorino Romano cheese and black pepper—nods to Roman shepherds who used the spice to keep warm, while the rigatoni all’Amatriciana with bacon, tomato, and pecorino Romano sings brilliantly alongside Italian country wines. 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., 424-387-8622, or felixla.com. Full bar.
❂ The Hideaway
BEVERLY HILLS » Steak House $$$
Hollywood actors Ryan Phillippe and Evan Ross invested in this clubby ode-to-1970s-Baja California Mexican steak house, where cocktail king Julian Cox makes margaritas to sip alongside snapper ceviche or New York Wagyu steak with chimichurri. 421 N. Rodeo Dr., thehideawaybeverlyhills.com. Full bar.
BEVERLY HILLS » Steak House $$$
Prolific restaurateur Jerry Greenberg (Sugarfish, Nozawa Bar, KazuNori, Uovo, HiHo Cheeseburger) and his partners are convinced that they serve the world’s best beef, prepared in the most optimal way. After trying their five-course, $85 Wagyu dinner featuring sustainably raised, 100 percent grass-fed beef from First Light Farms in New Zealand, you might see things their way. Magnificently marbled steaks are cooked to “warm red,” which is the color of rare and the temperature of medium rare. The result is meat that’s tender, luscious, and strikingly beefy. 239 S. Beverly Dr., 424-317-5031, or matusteak.com. Full bar.
VENICE » Italian $$$
Jackson Kalb’s sprawling new Italian joint brings bustle and outdoor tables to a corner on an otherwise quiet stretch. Pastas, including a spicy rigatoni alla vodka and raschiatelli with a pork rib ragù, are sublime, and most travel remarkably well if you’re looking to do takeout, which is the only option for lunch. Roman-style pizzas boast a uniquely crispy, cracker-thin crust; to get the full crunch, have a slice as you drive your takeout home. 2025 Pacific Ave., 424-443-5007, ospivenice.com, or @ospiveni. Full bar.
SANTA MONICA » French $$$$
Dave Beran’s à la carte spot bucks the trends and eschews bistro clichés in favor of old-fashioned thrills—an elaborate pressed duck prepared just as Escoffier would have and served with potatoes au gratin dauphinois—and modern French fare. The showy duck must be reserved in advance as only a limited number of birds are available each night. But there are plenty of other exciting dishes on the menu, such as the chicken liver in brioche and panroasted sea bass with lobster velouté. 2732 Main St., 424-330-0020, or pasjoli.com. Full bar.
❂ Angry Egret Dinette
CHINATOWN » Sandwiches $$
Wes Avila has left Guerrilla Tacos and is focusing on torta-esque sandwiches at this heartfelt
new venture. Standouts include the Saguaro with tempura-fried squash blossoms, heirloom tomato, market greens, ricotta cheese, and salsa China. It’s hearty and decadent but also wonderfully nuanced. There’s ample outdoor seating, but sandwiches with fried ingredients miraculously manage to remain crispy and travel well. 970 N. Broadway, Ste. 114, 213-278-0987, aedinette.com, or @angryegretdinette
CORE » Indian $$
This Indian gastropub concept comes from the father-and-sons team of Pawan, Nakul, and Arjun Mahendro, who are all well versed in the culinary techniques of East and West. The menu features contemporary mash-ups, like a version of poutine smothered in chicken tikka, charred tandoori chicken, and braised lamb. If tradition’s your thing, you’ll be comforted by what they call Good Ol’ Saag Paneer. 108 W. 2nd St., 213-221-7466, or badmaashla.com. Beer and wine. Also at 418 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District, 213-281-5185
✤ ❂ Caboco
ARTS DISTRICT » Brazilian $$
Rodrigo Oliveira and fellow chef/partner Victor Vasconcellos are here to show Los Angeles that there’s a lot more to Brazilian food than churrascarias, so they’re serving habit-forming fried tapioca cubes and a vegan stew (moqueca de caju) headlined by cashew fruit that’s startlingly complex. Wash it all down with refreshing caipirinhas— the bar makes no less than five different kinds. 1850 Industrial St., 213-405-1434, cabocola.com, or @caboco.la. Full bar.
✤ ❂ Caldo Verde
ARTS DISTRICT » Portuguese $$$
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have opened a Portuguese cousin to their beloved Spanish-infused A.O.C. The restaurant loads up its namesake seafood stew with a generous amount of local rock crab, grilled linguica, mussels, kale, and potato. It’s a tremendous example of the rough-andtumble food that Goin loves—dishes in which she deftly balances salt, fat, and bold flavors with California brightness. A starter of Ibérico ham, anchovies, and olives is called “small plate of salty favorites” because Goin understands that you visit restaurants to be jolted and enjoy food that’s a bit more intense than what you typically eat at home. 1100 S. Broadway, 213-806-1023, or properhotel.com/downtown-la. Full bar.
ARTS DISTRICT » French/Indian $$$$
“The main plan for this restaurant was to transport people,” says Max Boonthanakit of the new Arts District bistro he opened with Michelin-starred chef Lijo George. “Bistro” may be an understatement, given the restaurant’s stunning minimalist interior and exquisitely prepared dishes, but Camphor is, at its core, a French bistro where plump oysters are served in a bath of amaretto mignonette and the beef tartare comes with a side of tempura-fried herbs. Boonthanakit and George aim to bring something completely new to L.A.—that is, something distinctively not L.A. Camphor’s access to the spices from George’s southern Indian homeland makes it a standout. 923 E. 3rd St., Ste. 109, 213-626-8888, or camphor.la. Full bar.
❂ Cha Cha Chá
ARTS DISTRICT » Mexican $$
The huge, lively, plant-filled rooftop and some mezcal would be enough for a good night out at this Mexico City import, but chef Alejandro Guzmán, an alum of Le Comptoir, has packed his menu with quiet thrills. Carnitas get taken up a level by an orange reduction that comes at the end of the long cooking process. For dessert, the carrot flan is a small revelation, a surprising, exciting riff on carrot cake. The interior bar, La Barra, offers up unique mezcal cocktails. 812 E. 3rd St., 213-548-8487, or chachacha.la. Full bar.
❂ Girl & the Goat
ARTS DISTRICT » Eclectic $$$
At long last, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard has brought her hit Chicago restaurant to a light, airy space and pretty patio in downtown L.A. with seating for 200. The lengthy menu is full of international intrigue and the unexpected flavor combinations for which Izard is known. Roasted beets mingle with a yuzu-kosho vinaigrette. A salmon poke features chili crunch, avocado, and strawberry. Goat makes an appearance in both a liver mousse starter and a hearty curry main. 555-3 Mateo St., 213-799-4628, girlandthegoat.com, or @girlandthegoatla. Full bar.
DOWNTOWN » Japanese $$$
Everything about the look of this new izakayastyle restaurant in the Kensho Rykn hotel is serene. But don’t be fooled by the restaurant’s visual tranquility. The energy of Kodo¯, which translates to “heartbeat,” is intentionally boisterous because the chef, Yoya Takahashi, wanted to stay true to what a Kyoto-style izakaya would be—a fun place with an upbeat vibe and traditional Japanese bar fare. So the food comes out fast and without pretense. A Caesar salad of Little Gem lettuce is blanketed with bonito flakes. The off-menu toro, served with a tangy cilantro sauce, minced tomato, and cucumber, has the kind of fatty, melt-in-your-mouth quality you can’t forget (and don’t want to). 710 S. Santa Fe Ave., 213-302-8010, or kodo.la. Full bar.
❂ Pizzeria Bianco
ARTS DISTRICT » Pizza $
Chris Bianco’s L.A. debut at ROW DTLA is a hit. During the day, a line forms for slices of his New York-style takeout pizza. At night, it’s full-service dining, featuring the wood-fired pizza Bianco made famous. 1320 E. 7th St., Ste. 100, pizzeriabianco.com.
❂ Alta Adams
WEST ADAMS » California Soul Food $$
Riffing on his grandmother’s recipes, Watts native Keith Corbin loads up his gumbo with market veggies and enlivens his collard greens with a smoked oil. Hot sauce splashed onto skillet-fried chicken is pure pleasure, enhanced by a bourbon drink the bar tints with cacao-spiced bitters and Luxardo cherries. Finish the night by taking on a toasted angel food strawberry shortcake. 5359 W. Adams Blvd., 323-571-4999, or altaadams.com. Full bar.
BEVERLY GROVE » California $$$
Driven by culinary excellence, A.O.C. is anchored by a courtyard with soft sunlight and laurel trees. Caroline Styne’s wine list doesn’t shy away from the ecology of vineyards, while Suzanne Goin’s cooking has become indispensable. Carefully constructed salads showcase vegetables at their best, and the roasted chicken with panzanella is both an homage to San Francisco’s Zuni Café and a classic in and of itself. The bacontopped sticky bun is legendary. 8700 W. 3rd St., 310-859-9859, or aocwinebar.com. Full bar. Also at 11648 San Vicente Blvd., 310-806-6464, Brentwood.
PICO-ROBERTSON » French $$$
Walter and Margarita Manzke’s delightful, delicious follow-up to République brings a bit of Paris to Pico. The menu is stocked with exactingly executed bistro standards: onion soup with oozy cheese, hearty short-rib bourguignon, and a luxurious bouillabaisse. Margarita’s baguettes and beautiful desserts are as great as ever. Resisting Bicyclette’s charms is futile. 9575 W. Pico Blvd., 424-500-9575, or bicyclettela.com. Full bar.
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Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 16, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Join L.A. Works for Los Angeles’ largest volunteer event celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King! The event focuses on climate change and the impact of environmental racism on our community.
• Food Festival & Nonproﬁt Fair: A sampling of sustainable food at booths hosted by local restaurants + learning the impact of climate change on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
• Volunteer Activities: A series of eco-action stations to create environmentally friendly projects and assemble vegan meals for Angelenos in need.
For more information and to participate visit laworks.com/mlk
FAIRFAX DISTRICT » Pizza $$
Six nights a week, Brandon Gray turns out some of L.A.’s most exciting pizzas. Gray, a veteran of Navy kitchens and top local restaurants like Providence, brings boundless imagination to his pies. They’re topped with premium ingredients—Jidori chicken, Sungold tomatoes, smoked pork shoulder—in exciting combinations. A curry-Dijonnaise dressing renders a side salad surprisingly memorable. 7257 Beverly Blvd., 323-306-4968, or brandoni-pepperoni.com. Wine to go.
PARK » Italian $$$$
The best Northern Italian steak restaurant in the city, Chi Spacca serves a bistecca alla Fiorentina so tender that it would make a vegan blush. In this meat-eater’s paradise, the cuisine comes courtesy of 2014 James Beard Award-winning chef Nancy Silverton, owner of Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and Mozza2Go. And if red meat’s not your thing, try the chicken or octopus. But if it is, take some of the cured meats home—you’ll thank us. 6610 Melrose Ave., 323-297-1133, or chispacca.com. Full bar.
❂ Fanny’s MID-WILSHIRE » French $$$
Even with a glass wall opening onto exhibits, architect Renzo Piano succeeded in creating an eatery at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures that feels quite cinematic. While by day, Fanny’s is a café that serves salads and sandwiches to museumgoers, by night, it’s a glam, modern vision of an old-school Hollywood hangout. Captains in suits push carts of gooey, French, washed-rind cow’s milk cheeses and carve thick, bloody slices of côte de boeuf tableside. But there are also plenty of modern touches. Instead of a live band, Fanny’s has a di erent DJ spinning records every night. Chef Raphael Francois (Le Cirque, Tesse) sends out perfect twists on a Caesar salad and plays around with menu items like hamachi crudo on a bed of sweet pickled grapes and jicama with brown butter and cilantro. 6067 Wilshire Blvd., 323-930-3080, or fannysla.com. Full bar.
HOLLYWOOD MEDIA DISTRICT » French $$$
With its sceney Sycamore Avenue location and gorgeous, illustration-lined interiors, Gigi’s could easily succeed with subpar fare. But chef Matt Bollinger’s bistro classics—like curry mussels, steak tartare, and roasted chicken—are done quite well, if priced rather high. The wine list from beverage director Kristin Olszewski, an Osteria Mozza alum, is surprisingly interesting, with various natural and biodynamic options on o er. 904 N. Sycamore Ave., 323-499-1138, gigis.la, or @gigis_la. Full bar.
Harold & Belle’s
JEFFERSON PARK » Southern Creole $$
For Creole-style food—a mélange of French, African, and Native American ﬂavors—Harold & Belle’s is as close to the Dirty Coast as you’ll come on the West Coast. The crawﬁsh étou ée in spicy gravy will have you humming zydeco, while the bourbon bread pudding will leave you with a Sazerac-worthy buzz. 2920 W. Jefferson Blvd., 323-735-9023, or haroldandbelles.com. Full bar.
HOLLYWOOD » Eclectic
Versatile power-couple chefs Liz Johnson and Will Aghajanian have created a lively California bistro that feels both old school and of the moment. Located in the red-boothed space that was home to Ye Coach & Horses, the mostly Europeaninspired menu is rooted in both classic technique and free-spirited cooking. A sobrassada panino with white American cheese and a drizzle of honey is thin, crispy, sweet, savory, creamy, and spicy: an extremely pleasing little bite. Lumache pasta with vodka sauce gets an unexpected and delightful kick from ’nduja. 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., or horsesla.com. Full bar.
BALDWIN HILLS/CRENSHAW » Fried chicken $
With her hot chicken joint, Kim Prince is doing her family’s legacy justice—she’s the niece of André Prince Je ries, owner of Nashville legend Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, where hot fried chicken is said to have originated. Prince adds spice at every step in the cooking process to produce a complex, layered ﬂavor. Sides, like mac and cheese, are also winners. 4070 Marlton Ave., 323-792-4835, or hotvillechicken.com. No alcohol.
Luv2Eat Thai Bistro
» Thai $$
Vibrant ﬂavors and spices abound at this stripmall favorite from two Phuket natives. The crab curry, with a whole crustacean swimming in a creamy pool of deliciousness, is not to be missed (it travels surprisingly well), but the expansive menu is full of winners, from the massaman curry to the Thai fried chicken with sticky rice and sweet pepper sauce. 6660 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-498-5835, luv2eatthai.com, or @luv2eat.thaibistro
HANCOCK PARK » Eclectic $$$$
Chef Jordan Kahn, who received two Michelin stars for his tasting menu at Vespertine, sees Meteora as a restaurant about rediscovery. “Utilizing primordial cooking methods, we seek to generate new ﬂavors of past experience” is an excerpt from the menu. A vegetable option includes ﬁre-cooked stone fruit served with crispy brassica leaves, grilled roses, quark, cured duck breast, and lettuce leaves for wrapping. There’s the most perfectly grilled sea bream wrapped in banana leaf. The sta , dressed in white or light earth tones, are clearly trained with precision in mind. 6703 Melrose Ave., 323-402-4311, or meteora.la Full bar.
FAIRFAX DISTRICT » Cal-Italian $$
At Daniel and Caitlin Cutler’s chic pizzeria, the pies—especially the How ‘Nduja Want It? with spicy sausage, gorgonzola crema, green onion, and celery—are the clear stars, but it’s a big mistake not to explore the entire menu. It’s ﬁlled with delicious delights, from cacio e pepe risotto to a sea bass served with an ever-changing assortment of banchan. 7315 Melrose Ave., 323-917-5100, ronanla.com, or @ronan_la. Full bar.
❂ Son of a Gun
BEVERLY GROVE » Seafood $$
Florida-raised chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo deliver a certain brand of sun-drenched seashore nostalgia. Dropping into the nautically themed dining room for chilled peel-and-eat shrimp and a hurricane feels as e ortless as dipping your toes in the sand. There are buttery lobster rolls and fried-chicken sandwiches alongside artfully plated crudos. 8370 W. 3rd St., 323-782-9033, or sonofagunrestaurant.com. Full bar.
WEST HOLLYWOOD » Mediterranean $$$
It’s lovely outside, and there’s a stunning new WeHo spot with a patio that can hold 75 attractive people, plus hours that go to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Starters include various jamones and spicy paella bites. Further down the menu, there’s a lot of seafood options, from wood-ﬁred octopus with charred romesco to salmon crudo. 631 N. Robertson Blvd., 310-734-7764 , soulmateweho.com , or @soulmateweho Full bar
✤ ❂ Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery
PASADENA » Eclectic $$
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❂ All Day Baby
» Eclectic $$
Jonathan Whitener’s Here’s Looking At You is, sadly, closed, but his thrilling cooking continues on a bustling Eastside corner. Whether you opt for smoked spare ribs, a hoki ﬁsh sandwich, or a breakfast sandwich on pastry chef Thessa Diadem’s sublime biscuits, it’s all great. 3200 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-741-0082, alldaybabyla.com , or @alldaybabyla
❂ Bub and Grandma’s GLASSELL PARK » Sandwiches $$
This sub shop in Glassell Park serves plates of brisket sandwiches made with the same crusty loaves of sourdough and squares of ciabatta that owner Andy Kadin sells to 150 of L.A.’s most prominent restaurants. Kadin refers to the sandwiches as “Bub Subs,” which pastry chef Christopher Lier, from Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza, spent at least six months developing. Chef Zach Jarrett heads the kitchen at Bub and Grandma’s, which currently serves
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GLASSELL PARK » Southern American $$
“We don’t use processed foods because we try to work within the limitations from before the Gilded Age.” This culinary ethos is the force behind Brian Dunsmoor’s new restaurant, where his devotion to “heritage cookery” is on full display and activity centers on a wood-ﬁred hearth 3501 Eagle Rock Blvd., Glassell Park, 323-686-6027, or dunsmoor.la. Beer and wine.
SILVER LAKE » Eclectic $$
This stylish, cozy wine bar brings warm hospitality to the strip-mall space formerly occupied by Trois Familia. Chef Spencer Bezaire’s menu deftly brings in ﬂavors from around the globe without feeling overly contrived. Chicken wings are accompanied by salsa macha. Don’t miss the big fries. 3510 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-522-6323, or eszettla.com . Beer and wine.
❂ Found Oyster
EAST HOLLYWOOD » Seafood $$$
This tiny oyster bar was a pre-pandemic favorite, and chef Ari Kolender’s seafood dishes still thrill when taken to go or enjoyed on the restaurant’s “boat deck.” The scallop tostada with yuzu kosho and basil is a mustorder, and a bisque sauce takes the basic lobster roll to new heights. Interesting, a ordable wines add to the fun. 4880 Fountain Ave., 323-486-7920, foundoyster.com , or @foundoyster Beer and wine.
HIGHLAND PARK » Cal-Italian $$
Hidden in a wood-trussed dining room behind Triple Beam Pizza, this Cal-Ital restaurant from Mozza vet Matt Molina balances casual and reﬁned. Snappy wax beans are sluiced with vinaigrette for a picnic-worthy salad. Great pastas and juicy grilled chicken thighs deliver the unfussy pleasure found at the best neighborhood spots. Eclectic regular specials like haute corn dogs add to the fun. 5916 ½ N. Figueroa St., 323-545-3536 , or hipporestaurant.com . Full bar.
❂ Jin Cook
GLENDALE » Korean $
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VIRGIL VILLAGE » Japanese-Thai $$$$
Nan Yimcharoen became an underground sensation during the pandemic, selling jewel box–like chirashi sushi over Instagram. Now she’s got a brick-and-mortar spot serving a Japanese-Thai tasting menu with exquisite courses like slices of blueﬁn tuna larb gorgeously assembled in the shape of a rose, and a resplendent crab curry with blue butterﬂy-pea-ﬂower noodles and a sauce powered by innards and roe. 771 N. Virgil Ave. 949-793-0194, or @kinkan_la. Sake.
✤❂ Moo’s Craft Barbecue
HEIGHTS » Barbecue $
Some of the best Texas barbecue is actually in L.A. Andrew and Michelle Muñoz’s brisket and beef ribs are meaty bliss that would
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EAST HOLLYWOOD » Thai $
O ering specialty dishes unique to northern Thailand, this family-run favorite doesn’t skimp on ﬂ avor, spice, or authenticity. Tasty takeout meals include the khao soi gai (curry egg noodle with chicken), laab moo kua (minced pork), tam kha noon (jackfruit salad), and pla salid tod (fried gourami ﬁ sh). For those unfamiliar with the region’s distinct cuisine, the illustrious sticky rice is still a reliable bet. Need incentive? Everything on the menu is less than $10. 5301 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-474-7212, or amphainorthernthaifood.com
SILVER LAKE » Indian American $
Indian American restaurateur Avish Naran brings pizza and pasta featuring the ﬂavors of his childhood to a strip mall sports bar. The innovative menu includes Malai rigatoni with tomato-masala sauce, pizza topped with chicken tikka, and cardamom-and-cookies soft serve. 2711 W. Sunset Blvd., pijjapalace.com
SILVER LAKE » Mexican $
The team behind the beloved local chainlet Guisados has taken over an old seafood taco stand on a busy Eastside stretch. The results, as you might expect, are delicious and delightful. Playita has a fresh, beachy blue-and-white aesthetic and a tight
menu of well-done ceviches, seafood cocktails, and ﬁsh tacos. 3143 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-928-2028, playitamariscos.com, or @playitamariscos
✤ ❂ Saso
PASADENA » Spanish $$$
The arrival of this splashy new spot suggests that the good times might soon be here again. It shares a charming, sprawling courtyard with the Pasadena Playhouse, and the seafood-heavy menu from chef Dominique Crisp, who previously worked at L&E Oyster Bar, begs for reuniting with friends on nice summer nights. Orange zest enlivens jamón ibérico crudités, while miso butter takes grilled oysters to new heights. 37 S. El Molino Ave., 626-808-4976, sasobistro.com, or @sasobistro. Full bar.
❂ Sōgo Roll Bar
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So¯go is hardly the only concept in town devoted to rolls, but it has mastered the form. Rice is cooked with the same careful consideration and seasoning that sushi master Kiminobu Saito uses at the highend Sushi Note, and it manages to maintain a great temperature and texture, even when being delivered. Fish is not just fresh but also ﬂavorful, each type thoughtfully paired with ideal accompaniments, from a tangy yuzu-pepper sauce that makes salmon sing to brandy-soaked albacore with garlic-ginger ponzu and crispy onions. 4634 Hollywood Blvd., 323-741-0088, sogorollbar.com, or @sogorollbar. Beer and sake.
❂ Spoon & Pork
SILVER LAKE » Filipino $$
The go-to for Filipino comfort food o ers a variety of dishes, all featuring one shared ingredient: deliciousness. Spoon & Pork puts an innovative spin on some Filipino favorites—just try its adobo pork belly, pork belly banh mi, or lechon kawali. The dishes, which can be ordered at the counter to enjoy
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❂ Sunset Sushi
SILVER LAKE » Japanese $$$
With omakase boxes priced from $30 to $85, this new sushi place in the old Ma’am Sir space strikes the sweet spot between a ordable and indulgent and is another exciting addition to the Eastside’s growing number of quality sushi options. It’s a sister spot to Highland Park’s Ichijiku but with a more luxe vibe and a larger menu, tailor-made for takeout. 4330 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-741-8371, sunsetsushila.com, or @sunsetsushi. Beer and sake to go.
PASADENA » Pizza $$
There was a moment when U Street’s vodka pepperoni pie was a shining star of Instagram, and rightfully so. The why-haven’t-I-had-this-before combination of pepperoni and creamy vodka sauce is an easy win. Vegetable dishes, notably a Japanese eggplant with Calabrian chili agrodolce, are more than afterthoughts. Note that while the vodka pepperoni pie travels well, the clam pie is best enjoyed in-house. 33 E. Union St., 626-605-0430, ustreetpizza.com, or @ustreetpizza
❂ Black Market Liquor
STUDIO CITY » New American $$
Some nights it seems as if half the Valley is here, enjoying the colorful patio. Top Chef graduate Antonia Lofaso’s Italian chops are visible in
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❂ The Brothers Sushi
HILLS » Sushi $$$
This hidden gem, reinvigorated when chef Mark Okuda took the helm in 2018, is worth traveling for. The excellent omakase is available in the restaurant on the patio or to go. You can also order à la carte or get non-sushi items like soy-glazed grilled chicken. 21418 Ventura Blvd., 818-456-4509, thebrotherssushi.com , or @thebrotherssushila . Beer, sake, and wine.
Hank’s BURBANK » Bagels $
The L.A. bagel revolution continues at this stylish spot in the Valley that serves up carefully constructed sandwiches. Tomato, aioli, and maple-glazed bacon elevate a simple bacon, egg, and cheese, while a classic salmon-and-lox construction has thoughtful touches like salted cucumbers and pickled onions. Grab a tub of Hank’s “angry” spread—a spicy, slightly sweet concoction—to have in your fridge. 4315 W. Riverside Dr., 818-588-3693 , hanksbagels.com , or @hanksbagels . Also at 13545 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-588-3693.
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» Middle Eastern $
Deeply comforting Israeli skewers, kabobs, and merguez come with a colorful and tasty array of salads showcasing produce like red cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, and pumpkin. The spicy sauces on the side work well with any- and everything. 17630 Ventura Blvd., 818774-9400, or telavivkoshergrill.com
❂ Ali’i Fish Company
» Seafood $$
This small, unassuming spot shames all the glossy poke purveyors popping up around town to serve mediocre versions of the Hawaiian dish. Glistening cubes of tuna, ﬂown in fresh from the islands daily, remind you how great poke can be. The smoked-ahi dip with house-made potato chips is not to be missed. 409 E. Grand Ave., 310-616-3484, or aliifishco.com
❂ Fishing With Dynamite
» Seafood $$$
A premium raw bar near the beach shouldn’t be unusual, but it is. The same goes for velvety clam chowder. Here, it achieves smoky richness—you can thank the Nueske’s bacon for that—without any of the ﬂoury glop. 1148 Manhattan Ave., 310-893-6299, or eatfwd.com . Full bar.
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That most amazing slice of pizza you had that one very drunken, late night in your early twenties in New York lives on . . . in Long Beach. The crust, made with dough cold-fermented for 48 to 72 hours, is carby perfection: tangy, crispy, thin but with a healthy pu . The concise menu doesn’t o er any revelations about what should be atop pizza but, instead, perfects the usual suspects. 2118 E. 4th St., 562-434-2009, littlecoyotelbc.com, or @littlecoyotelbc. Also at 3500 Los Coyotes Diagonal, 562-352-1555.
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Marc Allen Ackerman · Wells Fargo Advisors
Ashkan Paul Afrasiab · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
W. Kent Althouse · Althouse Financial and Investment Services
Michael Scott Anton · Kairos Wealth Partners
Louis Philip Ashamallah · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Darnel James Bentz · Kayne Anderson Rudnick
James Edgar Berliner · Westmount Asset Management
Brandon David Bernstein · Wells Fargo Advisors
Curt Mitchell Biren · Kayne Anderson Rudnick
Bryan Hutchings Bishop · TIAA
Sean Dewayne Blackwood · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
William Daniel Bowman · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Thomas Christian Buckley · LPL Financial
Michael Burke · Morgan Stanley
Jennifer Leah Capo · Generate Wealth
Tracy Albert Chan · LPL Financial
Christina Chanpong Chanpong Stieg · Merrill Lynch
Bradley Chapman · Opus Private Wealth Group
Carolanne Marie Chavanne · Prosperity Wealth Planning
George Lee Cheng · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Rob Jeehoon Choi · Morgan Stanley
Christina Chiang Chou · Morgan Stanley
James A. Christiansen · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Robert Earl Coe · Morgan Stanley
Jed Archer Cohen · Morgan Stanley
Gary Lee Corderman · Goldman Sachs
Jonathan Tad Corob · Wells Fargo Advisors
Robert James Curtiss · SEIA
Robert Walter Dalie · Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
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Angela Anne Dax · Dax Wealth Management Group
Celeste Diane Despres-Sheres · Morgan Stanley
Vincent Cuomo DiCarlo · Wells Fargo Advisors
John Thomas DiCiaccio · Snowden Lane Partners
Diane Katherine Doolin · Morgan Stanley
Lee Jay Dunayer · Morgan Stanley
Stephen Ellingsen · Morgan Stanley
Deborah W. Ellis · Cogent Independent Advisors
Michelle E. Fenton · Fenton Wealth Management
Robert S. Fenton · Fenton Wealth Management
Daniel Eric Fienberg · Wells Fargo Advisors
John Christopher Fleishman · Morgan Stanley
Chris Matthew Frantz · Catalina Capital Group
Mitchell Freedman · MFAC Financial Advisors
Travis Anthony Gabler · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Dustin L. Gale · Kayne Anderson Rudnick
Jeffrey Ronald Germain · Wells Fargo Advisors
Carlos Antonio Getino · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Joel Richard Goldberg · MassMutual
Daniel L. Gracy · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Gregg Lawrence Haglund · Wells Fargo Advisors
Donald James Harrington · Fraser Financial Group
Ali Arash Hashemian · Kinetic Financial
Sayeed Hasnat · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Paul Francis Heising · Moran Heising & McElravey
Stephen George Hekimian · Morgan Stanley
David Aaron Horvitz · Cheviot Value Management
Howard Arthur Huckins · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Susan Baringer Inwood · Wells Fargo Advisors
Perry James Johnson III · Trilogy Financial Services
Dominique Brenea Jordan · First Republic Private Wealth Management
Alexander Masaru Kimura · Mercer Advisors
Farid Antonio Krizman · TIAA
Gregory Paul Kushner · Lido Advisors
Shawn Stauffer Landis · HCR Wealth Advisors
Christopher John Laubach · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Michael J. Leonard · UBS
Evan Robert Levy · Lido Advisors
John Cunningham Lindsey · Lindsey & Lindsey Wealth Management
Judith Maria Lu · Blue Zone Wealth Advisors
Bhagwati Mahendru · Mahendru Financial Group
Brent M. Mason · Mason & Assoc.
Shawn Michael McElderry · Monarch Wealth & Retirement Strategies
Alfred Lee McIntosh · McIntosh Capital Advisors
David John Medina · Stewardship Financial
Hugh Ari Meyer · Highline Wealth Partners
Selwyn Miller · Miller Financial Planning
Richard Peter Moran · Moran Heising & McElravey
Matthew James Murawski · Goodstein Wealth Management
Michael Nazarian · Wells Fargo Advisors
Paul Phillip Nelson · Viewpoint Financial Network
Mark Anthony Nordbrock · Equitable Advisors
Joe O’Boyle · O’Boyle Wealth Management
James Stuart Olson · LPL Financial
Ryan Tetsuo Onishi · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Christina Lindsey Orta · Lindsey & Lindsey Wealth Management
David Allan Papale · Wells Fargo Advisors
Roger Phillip Park · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Amit Rasik Patel · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Joseph Lavoyd Pates · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Anthony Andres Perez · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
John B. Petrick · Perennial Financial Services
Caleb Padraig Powell · Kayne Anderson Rudnick
Erika Renata Puzik · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Jorge Villarante Ragde · Morgan Stanley
Trevor R. Randall · Randall Wealth Management Group
Vicky Hung Rangsuebsin · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Michael Aaron Resnik · LPL Financial
Maarten Rietveld · LPL Financial
Jean Marie Ruimy · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Jeffrey Mark Runyan · Runyan Capital
Nicole Taylor Ryan · Cetera Advisor Networks
Charles George Salfity · LPL Financial
Jeana Nicole Schkud · Morgan Stanley
John Michael Scott · Wells Fargo Advisors
Anny Cho-Fang Shen · Morgan Stanley
Christine Cabral Stern · LPL Financial
Duc Tien Tran · Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Javier R. Valenzuela · Golden Eagle Wealth Management
Robert George Vogelsang · Morgan Stanley
Lewis Morton Wallensky · WallenskySpatz
Freeman Huey Welch · TSG Wealth Management
Jeffrey Joseph Westheimer · Lido Advisors
Michael Allen Wilhite · Morgan Stanley
Deborah Lynn Wilkins Betters · Morgan Stanley
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> We can go into that, but if she’s surgically [altered] parts of her body, that’s transsexual. I know that’s a controversy in and of itself, but I can explain that.
Are you saying that transitioning either hormonally or physically somehow disqualiﬁes someone from being authentically transgender?
> You have to understand gender identity. Everybody’s confusing your internal with your external. All these external people are doing what is being called transitioning. There’s no transition. That’s called deviation. I’m tired of that word “transitioning.” It’s a fake word that people like Bamby use. The whole point is this is how you are born.
That’s a view unlikely to win you many friends within the activist community. What do you have against plastic surgery or hormones as opposed to natural body presentation?
> I won’t be able to speak for other people, but I’d like to get inside their minds. I’d like to sit down with Caitlyn Jenner. I saw her the other day in Malibu. She’s very around. She almost hit my car. I realized it was her. I said, “Hey Caitlyn!” I didn’t get a moment because everybody else was talking to her.
What do you want to ask Caitlyn Jenner?
> What made you want to dress up? Why is Bruce Jenner now dressing up as a woman when he knows he’s going to be attracting straight men and lesbians, when that’s not what he’s been attracted to his whole life?
Let’s get back to Wi Spa—what brought you there that night?
> I reinjured my back in an unprovoked attack in Malibu, and I went to Wi Spa because it’s the only place in town you can get hot and cold treatment, which is one of the best therapies you can get for anti-inﬂammation.
Were you living near Koreatown?
> No. I was in the neighborhood. My local pool in the marina was closed for maintenance.
Did you go to Wi Spa often?
> No, I’ve only been there twice. I had to do physical therapy every couple of days, and I roam a lot. Wherever I happened to be, I just googled the nearest community pool and called ahead to get their transgender policy.
How soon after you arrived that night did the trouble begin?
> I arrived, like, right at 10 p.m. And Cubana Angel [one of the spa customers] started complaining within the ﬁrst hour.
What did you do when you were confronted by her?
> I froze. I didn’t do anything. I looked behind my shoulder because she was behind me and she’s a large woman.
How did you escape?
> I didn’t. She left. The other women forced her to leave. They said she was causing a disturbance. I stayed there for another 11 hours.
You stayed overnight? How is that even possible?
> Late at night, it calms down. It’s very calm, [and] the people are understanding. You can stay overnight.
Cubana said she saw you exit a Jacuzzi fully nud penis was semi-erect. Is that how you remember it?
> She concocted that story. When she ﬁrst described my penis that night, she said it was hanging and swinging to the left. Then she did a news conference a month later when she says for the ﬁrst and only time that I was slightly erect. I think she was probably coached by her attorney or the detectives to change her story. I caught them doing the same thing to me in West Hollywood.
You’re referring to your 2019 arrest for allegedly exposing yourself to children at the West Hollywood Aquatics Center?
> In West Hollywood! One step away from Santa Monica Boulevard, where there are rainbows and guys sitting in windows with rubber balls sticking in
their mouths. You bring your kids over here, and you’re afraid they’re seeing a transgender person?
Have you considered just changing clothes in a stall or wearing a bathing suit?
> It’s not for me to adapt to society at this point. Even if it’s the polite thing to do or you want me to or there’s a controversy or whatever, if nobody else is using a shower curtain or nobody else is using a swimsuit, it’s illegal to try and make me do it. Technically, and from all perspectives, I am female, and everybody agrees with that. We’re all on equal grounds under the law.
Some might say you’re taking advantage of the good intentions of recent California law. What do you say?
> State senator Scott Wiener [D-San Francisco] is out there saying California will be a sanctuary state for places in the country where it is a crime for children to transition. I called Wiener, and I said, “You’re passing transgender laws. How about enforcing them?” Republicans hate this stu , but are the Democrats really on board with it or do they just want our vote? And even if the feminist lesbians are attacking me, which I know they are, there should be more responsible people in the L.A. County district attorney’s o ce, starting with George Gascón.
You’re on the run from the LAPD as well as the Sheri ’s Department. What’s life on the lam been like for you?
> Being on the lam doesn’t only a ect me. Back when this thing ﬁrst started, I sold my car to my doctor, and then the police followed this car, dragged my doctor’s elderly father from behind the wheel, with the helicopters and news cameras on him, and held him there handcu ed for hours. He’s clearly an elderly Korean man. I’m a white guy with long, blond hair! So people close to me have also been a ected.
Your mother is in her 80s. How has this a ected her?
> You get some crazy people walking up to your door. She answered the door for the Daily Mail from London or something. I told my mom not to answer the door anymore.
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“Why is Bruce Jenner now dressing up as a woman?”
Are any of the big orange packinghouses still around?
notes that, today, Cher’s wardrobe “would not be speciﬁcally regulated … just for safety.”
Q: Is it legal to plant edible vegetation in a park?
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The Anaheim packinghouse back when California was the orange-packing capital of the world.
The lure and lore of citrus is at the heart of so many great California stories. The nineteenth century packinghouses where oranges left L.A. were magniﬁcent industrial buildings that often had high ceilings, skylights, and hardwood ﬂoors, perfect for converting into an antique mall, shopping center, or food hall, which is what happened to those historic buildings in Whittier, Claremont, and Anaheim, respectively. King Richard’s Antique Center might be the liveliest, with big bands, jitterbug contests, and a 1940s-style ice cream man.
A: Cher surprised everyone onboard the USS Missouri when she showed up in little more than her Bob Mackie
stockings for the “If I Could Turn Back Time” video in 1989. Aside from the sci-ﬁ action ﬁ lm Battleship and that Tom Cruise picture that made $1.5 billion, most shipside productions these days
are documentaries. If the Goddess of Pop ever wanted to come back, “there’s nothing that says we couldn’t do it,” says Navy spokesman Joe Scudella III. The sailor was born a few years after the ﬁ lming but
A: Administrators not wishing to see unstable trees uproot sidewalks discourage well-intentioned gardeners from adding any landscaping to city parks. Plants with something sweet on their branches have their own problems. “We’ve had people climb into fruit trees or break the branches to get the fruit,” says city forester Leon Boroditsky. “We have an unwritten policy about edible plants,” he says. That doesn’t mean you can’t ﬁ nd acorns, ﬁgs, and English walnuts planted by squirrels and birds or a historical grove of white grapefruit at Bee Canyon. Boroditsky has even seen Chicken of the woods mushrooms growing in Rustic Canyon and Elysian Park. “If I found a species that would taste good, I’d try it.”
● When he’s not judging TV baking shows or teaching cooking classes aboard cruise ships, chef George Geary loves to try his hand at re-creating the famous dishes from L.A.’s historic restaurants. In his new book, L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants: Celebrating the Legendary Locations Where Angelenos Have Dined for Generations from Santa Monica Press, he shares the guacamole from Casita del Campo in Silver Lake as well as main-dish favorites like Chicken Muscovite from the vanished Victor Hugo restaurant. Geary’s collection of recipes o ers the promise that we can once again taste the ﬂavors from lost legends like Little Joe’s and the Paciﬁc Dining Car.
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