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Share Your 'Hood's Historic Landmark-Worthy Places At MyHistoricLA.org

You've always thought that cool Craftsman house at the corner never gets is due street cred. And that local art house movie theater with its Art Noveau architecture two blocks from your childhood home? You probably think it's something special, too. If you've got an eye for pre-1980s, historical-landmark-status-worthy places in your community, the City of L.A. wants to hear from (and reward!) you.

Versace, Missoni And Others Take On Opera In 'Il Teatro Alla Moda' Exhibit

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Curatorial Assistance have extended 'Il Teatro alla Moda', their stunning exhibit of Italian fashion designers' contributions to opera costumes.

A Park A Day: The Cobb Estate (or the Haunted Forest), Altadena

July is National Parks & Recreation Month, and all month long LAist will be featuring a hand-selected park a day to showcase just a few of the wonderful recreation spaces--big or small--in the Los Angeles area.

More L.A. Noire: The Google Maps And Self-Guided Tour Edition

Didn't get enough of your L.A. Noire fix with last week's then-and-now photo gallery? Check out the map above to find the modern-day locations of the buildings and landmarks featured in last Wednesday's post. Many of the spots are conveniently located within walking distance to Red Line Metro stops.

Then & Now: The Landmarks of L.A. Noire

It's 1947: Earlier this year, Elizabeth Short was found dead in Leimert Park, KTLA channel 5 made its television broadcast debut, and LAPD Det. Cole Phelps is out on the streets busting the bad guys. OK, so that last bit is fiction, but thanks to the newly-released L.A. Noire video game, Angelenos can travel back in time to visit downtown L.A., Hollywood and parts of mid-Wilshire in all their post-WWII grit and glory.

Blast From The Past: Griffith Park, Malibu and Santa Monica, Mad Men Style

Has the absence of Mad Men and its regular mid-century goodness (though technically, it was 1964 in season four) been getting you down? Lucky for you, today's video lunch menu is going vintage. YouTube user Gerlock11’s treasure trove of vintage video footage gives a glimpse into the past with 1950s home movies of trips to Griffith Park & Observatory, Malibu (with sea lions!), Santa Monica's Ocean Park Pier, Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland, among other popular L.A. tourist spots.

South West Barista Competition Draws Foodies, Coffeelitists

Baristas hailing from Hawaii to Colorado to sunny L.A. brewed their hearts out last weekend to compete for the No. 1 title at the South West Regional Barista Competition. Out of the 36 competitors to perform in rounds one and two on Friday and Saturday, six went on to compete in Sunday's finals.

Transit Committee to Consider Allocating $2.6M To Bike Programs

The transportation committee tomorrow will discuss the Department of Transportation's report on its proposed 2010-2011 allocations for available funding from Measure R. The measure, which set aside roughly $40 billion over the next three decades for upgrades to transportation and was estimated to create over 210,000 new construction jobs, was approved by voters in November 2008.

A Whole Latte Coffee And Food Trucks At Barista Competition This Weekend

Cappuccinists and foodies unite! Tomorrow kicks off the 3-day Southwest Barista Competition at Hollywood's Siren Studios. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf-hosted event will find the six best baristas of the region, who will go on to compete in the national contest. The top U.S. winner will represent the country in the World Barista Championship to be held in Colombia in June.

Meet The Candidates: Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Council District 4

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 4 incumbent Councilmbember Tom LaBonge (Facebook). The district includes Atwater Village, Griffith Park, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Miracle Mile, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Studio City and Toluca Lake.

Meet The Candidates: Stephen Box, Council District 4

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 4 candidate Stephen Box (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) [Full disclosure: Box is a former LAist contributor]. The district includes Atwater Village, Griffith Park, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Miracle Mile, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Studio City and Toluca Lake.

Commissioned Graffiti Art Is Advertising, According To City

Art, eyesore or...advertising? Valley Village resident Barbara Black was slapped with a $336 fine after a mural she commissioned from local high school artists was considered a violation of the city's advertising signage codes, reports NoHoArtsDistrict.

Meet The Candidates: Tomás O'Grady, Council District 4

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 4 candidate Tomás O'Grady (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube). The district includes Atwater Village, Griffith Park, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Miracle Mile, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Studio City and Toluca Lake.

Meet the Candidates: Navraj "Singh" Singh, Council District 12

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 12 candidate Navraj "Singh" Singh. The San Fernando Valley district includes Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Granada Hills, Northridge, North Hills, Porter Ranch, Van Nuys and West Hills.

Meet the Candidates: Mitch Englander, Council District 12

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 12 candidate Mitch Englander. The San Fernando Valley district includes Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Granada Hills, Northridge, North Hills, Porter Ranch, Van Nuys and West Hills.

Meet The Candidates: Austin Dragon, Council District 10

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 10 candidate Austin Dragon (Facebook, Twitter). The district includes Arlington Heights, Jefferson Park, Mid-City, West Adams and parts of Koreatown, Leimert Park and Westlake.

Meet The Candidates: Andrew "Andy" Kim, Council District 10

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 10 candidate Andrew "Andy" Kim. The district includes Arlington Heights, Jefferson Park, Mid-City, West Adams and parts of Koreatown, Leimert Park and Westlake.

Meet The Candidates: David Barron, Council District 6

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 6 candidate David Barron (Facebook). The San Fernando Valley district includes Lake Balboa, Van Nuys, Panorama City, Pacoima, North Hollywood and Sun Valley.

Meet The Candidates: Chris Brown, Council District 10

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 10 candidate Chris Brown (Twitter, Facebook). The district includes Arlington Heights, Jefferson Park, Mid-City, West Adams and parts of Koreatown, Leimert Park and Westlake.

Meet The Candidates: Luis Montoya, Council District 10

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 10 candidate Luis Montoya.

Meet The Candidates: Councilmember Herb Wesson, Jr., Council District 10

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 10 incumbent Councilmember Herb Wesson, Jr.

Dylan Keith Salon's Grand Opening Celebrates A Life Cut Short

Her whole life, hair stylist Kristin Best dreamed of opening her own salon. After 18 years of working in high-end, Beverly Hills salons and catering to the rich and famous, the 34-year-old single mother had always wanted a place that would primp and pamper everyday women like herself. With her life's savings in hand, Best was torn between spending it on a new home for her and her four children or taking the risk of...

Shop On! Unique LA's Holiday Show Continues Today

The pull to shop for yourself is likely going to prove irresistible once you enter the penthouse of the California Market and drink in your first moments of Unique LA, the craft, art, and gift show that is in its second day of a weekend-long "pop-up" today. However, if you're shopping for anyone who happens to appreciate handmade, creative, local, quirky, innovative, and charming items ranging from plush toys to plush bathrobes and quite possibly everything in between, Unique LA's bountiful stalls will be a glorious sight.

Home Run: New Flea Market Brings Food Trucks to Dodger Stadium

Despite the ridic weekend heat wave, over 12,000 made it to the first Dodger Stadium L.A. Flea Market Sunday. Brought to us by the same folks behind the Melrose Trading Post, think of it as the Pasadena Rose Bowl's hip little sister who's not nearly as overwhelming, has awesome food trucks in tow (hello, non-expensive flea market food!) and will even make some space for local bands to show off their stuff...All for only $5....

A Day In The Life Of Mobile Food: Rolling With The Grilled Cheese Truck

By the time Ruby returns home sometime between midnight to 2 a.m., she's easily served well over 500 sandwiches throughout her day to hundreds of hungry Angelenos. Her home - just west of downtown L.A. - is an overnight shelter for many like her in need of a place to stay for the night. The following morning, she and others will be picked up and they'll repeat the cycle all over again: Roll out, feed...

Inmate Lawsuits Cost California $108 Million

In more prison news, turns out the state footed the bill for 12 inmates' lawsuits over the past 12 years - to the tune of $108 million, according a report by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's inspector general. That number exclude's California's "own legal costs or the amount needed to fix problems that led to the class-action suits alleging violations of inmate rights, including poor medical, dental and mental health care," says the...

State Correctional Officers' Furloughs Illegal, Judge Rules

California prison guards forced to take unpaid leave days came out victorious today as an Alameda Superior Court judge ruled the furloughs illegal, SacBee reports. In their March court filing, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association maintained that it would be impossible for "every employee to utilize the 34 deferred furlough days each will accrue during the time allotted" as prisons are already understaffed, says SacBee.

Get Peggy Lee's Clothes and More at K-Town's New Bellejar Vintage

Over the past year, friends Katie Stratton and Jayde DiVita had been on a nation-wide search for the best clothing to stock the store they planned to open together. The pair went everywhere: Arizona, Colorado, New York, and North Carolina were just some of the states they traveled to during their hunt. Twenty-two-year-old Stratton, whose day job is a photographer and editor at Getty Images, said she and DiVita (who works estate sales on the...

Artists Go Wild At The Monster Drawing Rally

The community showed its support (and its money) for local artists at Sunday's Monster Drawing Rally at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock. About 500 people attended the non-profit Outpost for Contemporary Arts' event, which raised $12,000 and sold 100 paintings. The multi-talented Highland Park-based indie popsters Artichoke played a bumblebee-themed set just after a few of their members participated in the rally by drawing up a storm in one hour. While artists...

Art Comes to Life Tomorrow at the Monster Drawing Rally

Michael Markowsky goes head-to-head with another artist at last year's Monster Drawing Rally. Photo by Anita K. Marto/Outpost for Contemporary Art With the exception of sidewalk caricature sketch masters, very rarely an artist's creativity is put on the spot in front of curious eyes. Nine years ago in San Francisco, the Monster Drawing Rally did exactly that as a way to bridge the art community with their supporters while raising money for a cultural...

Florence And The Machine Acoustic Set @ Teddy's At The Roosevelt Hotel 10/29/09

Before introducing the band to the stage at Teddy's bar in the Roosevelt Hotel last night, Universal Music VP of Marketing Kim Garner told the crowd the upcoming act made her "excited about music again". Sure, cue the comparisons of Florence Welch to Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Annie Lennox or any other flame-haired songstress, but Welch, who performs with a backing band as Florence & the Machine, deserves her spot amongst the red-tressed legends.

LAPD Officers Won't Be Charged in 2007 May Day Melee

The LAPD officers who used "questionable tactics" in their response to protesters on the 2007 May Day immigration march will not be prosecuted, reports the LA Times. The LAPD investigated the incident in which video footage showed police firing rubber bullets into the crowd Park May Day Melee. Their report reviewed the actions of 30 officers and "blamed poor leadership and overly aggressive tactics", but prosecutors were unable to "establish that any particular officer's...

Fashion's Night Out: Finally, L.A.'s Guilt-Free Excuse to Shop

If you're already tired of hearing that rhetorical question, "What recession?" surfacing in your conversations about that little thing called the economic crisis, you'd better buy some fancy earplugs. During the international Fashion's Night Out event, L.A. fashionistas came out of hiding to boost the economy in their Louboutins and Manolos. Over at Neiman Marcus, scores of botox-faced shoppers enjoyed mini bottles of champagne and NYC-style cheesecake and hotdogs as models strutted their stuff down...

Locke High and Other Schools Earn Just A 'C', Test Score Results Show

Photo by gozalewis via Flickr State test score results released this morning showed 10 schools monitored by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's education reform panel, along with the charter-converted Locke Senior High School, earned an average grade when compared to the rest of the LAUSD. Most LAUSD schools' test scores rose, according to the L.A. Times, and among those that made the most progress include Hollywood and Fairfax High. The results also show no change in...

CSUN Grad Student Imprisoned in Iran Returns to U.S.

CSUN Mass Communications grad student Esha Momeni, who was arrested in Iran last October while working on a documentary on the Middle Eastern country's women's rights movement, finally returned home Tuesday after a 10-month travel ban. “I didn’t believe I was leaving until I got into the plane, they closed the plane’s door and started going,” the 29-year-old told CSUN's Daily Sundial.

Former Chief of Police Bernard Parks, Others Part of $100,000 Pension Club

Photo by Anya_ via Flickr Roughly 600 city, fire and police department employees are part of the $100,000 pension club, writes Ron Kaye at OurLA.org. Councilmember and former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks topping the L.A. Fire and Police Pension Fund's list at about $265,000 annually while John Driscoll, former head of LAX and City Personnel director, leads LACER's list with about $204,600. The city's pension funds will cost taxpayers $1 billion next year, with...

Metro Proposes Canning Rush-Hour Bike-on-Rail Ban, Limiting Bikes Per Railcar

Photo by Fred Camino via Flickr At yesterday’s Metro meeting, officials said they may do with the current rush-hour bike-on-rail ban to accommodate the system’s growing cyclist ridership, but they’re also considering implementing a two-bike-per-car rule. During their 6 p.m. meeting, which was considerably quieter than their earlier one at noon, officials said they also want to improve signage that directs cyclists and clearly state the rules (no blocking doors or walkways). In the...

Interactive Music at MOCA; Art and More at Sri Lankan Benefit

Continuing its Engagement Party series, tonight's "Flesh Car Crash" at MOCA features art/music collective OJO. Art collective OJO brings a new kind of social networking to MOCA tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. with their interactive "Flesh Car Crash," where the audience will be encouraged to take part in a communal music session. Musicians will pack themselves into two small cars, and each vehicle powers a variety of instruments and noise-making objects. Sound chaotic...

City Considering New Locations for More Parking Meters

Photo by biofriendly via Flickr The city is looking into installing new parking meters that could potentially bring in $1 million in additional revenue to help fill the budget gap, but officials say they don’t have enough resources to do so. LADOT told councilmembers at last week’s Transit meeting the plan would not make any money in its first year because the meters would cost $1 million to install. Additionally, officials said the department...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

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