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Paper, the very NY mag, has their sights set on LA this week, where they intend to create both colorful chaos and a February issue devoted entirely to our city. To accomplish this they've assembled a hodgepodge of quirky characters and are setting up shop--quite literally--in a storefront at Melrose and La Brea. For the next few days anyone and everyone is invited to take part in a sort of performance art meets (media) circus, have your photo snapped by Torkil Gudnason (we love that name; it just says "photographer" doesn't it?), and do things like take a drag aerobics class, sip tea with Phyllis Diller and Paper's Mr. Mickey, groove to DJs, scope out LA themed panel discussions, and, of course, swill vodka at any one of their almost nightly parties. Check out the full schedule, and list of participants, and LA.comfidential's write up. Then go on down to Paper's ACME headquarters and join in the insanity. Give those smug New Yorkers some of that left-coast lovin' they need. Prove for once and for all we're not a bunch of fame-hungry, substance-addicted, vegan, tree hugging, miniature dog carrying, SUV driving nut jobs. Oh, hell, who are we kidding? Just be yourselves. May as well give 'em what they want.

7018 Melrose Avenue
December 7-11, 2005
Open daily from noon-midnight