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L.A. Film Czar Ken Ziffren Q&A: Tax Credits, Runaway Production & What's Next
EXCLUSIVE: Today the board of the California Film Commission will vote on draft regulations for how the state's now-greatly expanded tax incentive program will be administered. With a system based on qualified wages and potential bonus points for ...

Celebrated butcher carves out niche in LA's culinary scene
Wolfgang Puck remembers the time he brought his butcher to Cannes. It was 1976, and the chef was catering an opening night dinner for the film festival. He decided he needed Harvey Gussman — and his beef. "He was like a shepherd, bringing the meat ...

Weekend Planner: 23 Things To Do In Los Angeles
LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a curated list of what's happening in LA this weekend, including these 20 events. Don't forget to check the February Guide, as it has other options, too. We'll be back ...

10 Things to Do in LA When You're Feeling Lonely
David Duchovny wrote a book that includes a pig who wants to go to Israel and a turkey who wants to go to Turkey. Dapper Cadaver is a horror prop house with a brand-new collection dubbed Creatures & Cultures. The morbid boutique's recent expansion ...

LA Homes Just Got More Affordable (If You're Rich)
Los Angeles has been called one of the least affordable housing markets in the United States. While home prices and rents usually aren't as ridiculous as they are in the Bay Area and New York, the gap between what people make and what they can afford ...

5 Signs Spring Might Just Be Here Early
The first day of spring, March 20, is still officially more than a month away. But don't tell that to Mother Nature. Yesterday the temperature gauge inched near and even above 90 degrees in parts of the San Gabriel Valley. There was an unofficial ...

Welcome to Los Angeles — Let's eat!
One of my passions is food (obviously) and because I live in Southern California, one of the most amazing food meccas in the world, I continue to explore different areas of the Los Angeles basin for delicious destinations. Even as a native Angeleno, I ...

Valentine's Weekend DUI Crackdown Targets the Valley & Other Areas
Good luck. Just remember not to drink too much with that overpriced, prix fixe meal, because getting pulled over and hauled into jail for drunk driving while your date sits there shotgun is not a good look. Plus, the Auto Club of Southern California ...

South Pasadena High School wins 2015 L.A. County Academic Decathlon
South Pasadena High School took first place at a countywide academic competition, officials announced Thursday. The high school won the 2015 Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, a two-day team competition that tests knowledge and skills of high ...

Essential California: Death of an LA news pioneer, a peek at the Broad museum ...
Essential California: Death of an LA news pioneer, a peek at the Broad museum ...

Once upon a time, there were two book lovers online
L.A. Affairs is our weekly column about the current dating scene in and around Los Angeles -- and finding romance in a wired world. If you've got a story to tell, we want to hear it. We pay $300 per published column. Past columns and submission ...

LA Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles strikes chord in city
Vivian Trejo practices the French horn above a row of bodegas on a broken street. She opens her score sheet. A boy hollers in the alley, a plane skims the haze beyond her window. She presses her lips to a silver mouthpiece, blows through coiled steel ...

UGOBAGS offers personalized suitcases in three online steps
UGOBAGS is an innovative Los Angeles-based company offering customized luggage for anyone looking to design the look of their luggage. Tired of owning the same boring luggage with bland colors and designs that often get mixed up with other suitcases ...

Los Angeles' Best Romantic Comedies
While we might not have New York's Empire State Building—an into-the-clouds high-rise ripe for meet-cutes and wedding proposals—Los Angeles has its own romantic charms.The sprawling city offers a broad canvas for romantic tales—from downtown L.A.'s ...

Boys' Basketball: City playoff pairings
BOYS' BASKETBALL. CITY. OPEN DIVISION. Quarterfinals, Saturday (Feb. 21), 7 p.m.. #8 Gardena at #1 Fairfax. #5 El Camino Real at #4 Narbonne. #6 Crenshaw at #3 Westchester. #7 Taft at #2 Dorsey. NOTES: Consolation quarterfinals, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. ...

Girls' basketball: City playoff pairings
Pairings will be updated throughout the afternoon today as pairings are released. GIRLS' BASKETBALL. CITY. OPEN DIVISION. Quarterfinals, Friday, 7 p.m.. #8 Los Angeles University at #1 Narbonne. #5 View Park at #4 Granada Hills. #6 Carson at #3 ...

Chatsworth named Special Olympics Host Town
CHATSWORTH -- Chatsworth Charter High School struck up the band Saturday as Chatsworth was named the seventh San Fernando Valley Host Town for this summer's Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles. The northwest Valley neighborhood ...

Los Angeles streetlights take longer to repair in some neighborhoods
This shopping center at the northeast corner of the intersection of Vermont and Santa Monica has a variety of street lights that have been found throughout Los Angeles during the past. John McCoy — Staff Photographer. By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles ...

South LA is up for revival, but how depends on next Council member
Sales clerk Nicole Daniels leans over the glass countertop at A-1 Wireless and ticks off what the four candidates competing to replace retiring City Councilman Bernard C. Parks should focus on. Children in her South Los Angeles neighborhood need more ...

WGA Awards: What Happened at the Los Angeles Ceremony
The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game both won awards at the 2015 Writer's Guild Awards on Saturday night in Century City, gaining momentum toward winning at the Academy Awards as well. The Grand Budapest Hotel was honored for the best ...

Essential Arts & Culture: The future of the LA Phil, Getty news and more
I'm Kelly Scott, the arts and culture editor for The Times. Here's this week's look at the stories you shouldn't miss: Enter your email and click "Subscribe" to sign up. Musicians, old and young, and the future of the L.A. Phil. “Getting onto the ...

Special interests are at center of LA election date debate
As it waits for a City Council vote on new rules for electronic billboards, outdoor advertising company Clear Channel Outdoor has become a major backer of the campaign to change L.A.'s election dates. The company recently gave $25,000 to the campaign ...

What Stars Crave Paparazzi-Proof Homes vs. More Space
Providing the ultimate escape from traffic jams and prying paparazzi, this architectural home, which recently sold for $7.6 million, is situated atop a gated promontory overlooking Hollywood. Every window has a jetliner view, and glass doors glide open ...

What Celebs Live in LA's Canyon Country?
The “flats” of LA are for mere mortals. The creative crème de la Tinseltown still opts for Canyon Country. Canyon Country Laurel Canyon is home to an eclectic array of architectural styles, from bohemian to contemporary— including the “Three Layer ...

Bad Silicon Valley PowerPoint Presentations Inspired This Comedy Show
In his job as a game writer for such Silicon Valley companies as Zynga, the creators of Farmville, Sammy Wegent has seen a heavy dose of PowerPoint presentations gone wrong. Not only do some powerful tech executives posses poor public speaking skills, ...

Want airline elite status? Here are tips for fliers based in LA area
You want free checked bags and extra legroom. Priority boarding sounds nice too. But those perks are reserved for road warriors, the elite fliers among us, right? Not necessarily. Fliers in the Southland can reach elite status with as few as six annual ...

Upstairs at Vitello's Reopens as Sheila E.'s New Jazz Club, the E Spot Lounge
A few months ago, Sheila Escovedo — better-known as Latin music superstar Sheila E. — called Sherman Oaks realtor Matt Epstein about a listing she'd driven by to see if the home was still for sale. It wasn't, but in discussing other property in the ...

These 8 Crappy Homes in the Valley Have Prices That Will Make You Sick
Perhaps the most depressing thing about L.A.'s out-of-reach real estate market is that the homes that might be remotely within your grasp are ridiculously priced and offer minimum lot sizes, puny square footage, and few amenities. In some cases what ...

Party Like a President by Drinking Their Favorite Cocktails at These LA Bars
Our founding fathers liked to drink. And since then, most of the men who've run this country from that big white house also drank — hard. Hell, even their wives knew how to tie one on in style. (James Madison's party-loving wife Dolly, for instance ...

Twitter Users Hate Public Transportation
Riding the bus is no bed of roses. And Twitter users across the nation have made it be known that their hometown buses and light-rail systems suck. A team led by Lisa Schweitzer, associate professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy, analyzed 64 ...


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