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The Gotham-centric Paper magazine runs a feature in the February 2005 issue that gives their guide of the "hottest restaurants, bars, clubs and shops in the city of angels" and it's actually not half bad. While they seem to be searching for all the things they love in New York in Los Angeles -- they have more than a little obsession with gangsters (of the mob kind not the neighborhood ones with which we're familiar) and finding designer gear -- they do happen on some spots around town that we're ashamed to say we didn't know about.

Supreme is a skate shop on Fairfax that has its own indoor half pipe and we've missed it until now. That seems unthinkable. The bigger question though is how we've never been to The Smell. We fashion ourselves as local music afficianados and yet we're ashamed to say this is the first we're hearing of the all-ages venue. Maybe we need to spend a little more time further down the radio dial at KXLU.

Editor's Note: Read on for a recap of Wilmer Valderrama's Birthday Party at Geisha House

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One place we have been that Paper loves is Geisha House. In fact, we were there last night for co-owner Wilmer Valderrama's Birthday Bash. While a friend of ours suggested that the decor was straight out of "Queer Eye," we found the chocolate couches by the bar warm and inviting and the rosey colors of the main dining area, which was converted to a dance floor for the evening, not at all garish.

Perhaps, though, we were blinded by the star wattage of young hollywood in attendance. Amongst the many celebrities were breakdancing funny men Seth Green and Topher Grace as well as the prettiest person we've ever seen in the flesh, Elisha Cuthbert.

Sadly, there is nothing tawdry to report, however, as everyone seemed to be on their best behavior to celebrate the birth of the man who will become El Muerto.