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Lyric Theatre on La Brea Wins Support from GWNC Land Use Committee

Lyric Theatre on La Brea Wins Support from GWNC Land Use Committee

The Lyric Theatre, at 520 N La Brea Avenue, won the unanimous support of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s Land Use Committee for its application to serve a full line of alcohol beverage at the venue as well as a change of use to allow the theatre to present live entertainment such as bands, DJs, comedy […]

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LACMA Outlines Projects at Community Meeting

LACMA Outlines Projects at Community Meeting

Before an audience of 100 or so interested community members last night, LACMA Director Michael Govan outlined plans to reinvent the current museum by taking down four existing buildings and replacing them with one horizontal glass building that bridges over Wilshire Blvd. at Spaulding.  The new building would replace the Ahmanson Building, the Hammer Building, the Art […]

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101 Freeway Closures Probably Not an “…ageddon”

101 Freeway Closures Probably Not an “…ageddon”

When Caltrans announced yesterday that it will be closing sections of the 101 Freeway through Hollywood on the nights (or, more accurately, very early mornings) of Sunday, August 28 through Wednesday, August 31, to install “loop detectors” at several locations, both commuters and media reacted with alarm.  But the reality might not be as bad as […]

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Kali Reviewed by NY Times

Kali Reviewed by NY Times

The New York Times calls Larchmont’s Kali “California Cuisine Without the Pretension,” in its review of our newest local restaurant at 5722 Melrose Avenue. “Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley have constructed a world as colorful, complex and wild as the Golden State itself,” writes Leslie Pariseau in her Bites column for the Times.  “Too often, California-style restaurants […]

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Urban Coyote Study Provides “Unexpected Revelations”

Urban Coyote Study Provides “Unexpected Revelations”

Coyotes are a common sight in our residential neighborhoods these days…but a lot of myths about them persist, so it was very interesting yesterday when radio station KPCC reported on the first year of a National Park Service study of Los Angeles’ urban coyotes. According to the story, the study turned  up some “unexpected revelations,” […]

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Backyard Renovation TV Show Seeks Contestants

Backyard Renovation TV Show Seeks Contestants

Here’s your chance to win a new backyard! We’ve heard buzzing that the “Property Brothers” on HGTV are looking for contestants who want to battle it out for bragging rights for the “ultimate entertainment space.” According to the casting announcement we got from a reader, the ideal contestant is outgoing, has construction knowledge, has their […]

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New Documentary Short Celebrates Miracle Mile Elevator Operator

New Documentary Short Celebrates Miracle Mile Elevator Operator

Dress Code, a New York production company, recently released “Ruben’s Elevator,” a new documentary short film with a local twist.  The film celebrates 75-year-old Ruben Pardo, the oldest manual elevator operator in Los Angeles.  For the last 40 years, Pardo has worked the lift at Miracle Mile’s Wilshire Tower (a.k.a. the Desmond’s/Silverwoods department store building), at 5514 […]

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Randy Esada Reopens as Prospr

Randy Esada Reopens as Prospr

Windsor Square designer Randy Esada has re-opened his lifestyle decor business as Prospr, on Beverly Blvd. at 7407 Beverly Blvd, between Martel Avenue and Vista Street. Esada closed his antique store  Thrive Decor, a few doors down, earlier this summer, along with clothier Diane Merrick. The two have teamed up in Merrrick’s old space, which has been […]

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Sharon Lawrence Helps Green Wish LA Host Fundraiser Sunday with KNEAD at Grand Central Market

Sharon Lawrence Helps Green Wish LA Host Fundraiser Sunday with KNEAD at Grand Central Market

Windsor Square resident and prominent actress Sharon Lawrence sent word about a food and music event she’s doing for Green Wish LA, a non-profit that helps raise funds for local food and conservation organizations. KNEAD Chef Bruce Kalman, who is also a musician, is hosting at his restaurant at Grand Central Market, on Sunday, August 14, from […]

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Weekend Buzz – Events for August 27-28, 2016

Weekend Buzz – Events for August 27-28, 2016

We try to keep most of our listings here at least somewhat local-ish, but every now and then we suggest a bit of a road trip.  And this weekend, for families with younger kids (a.k.a. LEGO fanatics), there’s definitely a pilgrimage worth taking – to Brickfest Live, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both […]

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Weekend Buzz – Events for August 20-21, 2016

Weekend Buzz – Events for August 20-21, 2016

It looks like the heat wave of the last few days should be behind us now, so you can be free to move about the city and have fun this weekend. If you’re interested in local neighborhood preservation efforts, there will be an informational open house and public hearing on the Preservation Plan for the […]

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“Beyond Neighborhood Councils” Workshop Explains How to Get More Involved with Your City

“Beyond Neighborhood Councils” Workshop Explains How to Get More Involved with Your City

Most of our readers are familiar with our city’s Neighborhood Council system – the grass roots organizations that help connect residents with city planning and other processes. But for those who would like to take the next step to even deeper involvement with our city government, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will be holding a “Beyond […]

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Actor James Spader Sells Windsor Square Home

Actor James Spader Sells Windsor Square Home

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Actor James Spader sold his home on Windsor Blvd in Windsor Square for $4 million in a quiet off-market real estate transaction according to Mark David, the “Real Estalker” writing the “Dirt” at entertainment industry trade publication Variety.  Spader bought the classic 1920s Mediterranean Revival-style residence in August 2004 for a bit less than $2.25 million from […]

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Two Major Planning Issues Receive City Hearings Tomorrow

Two Major Planning Issues Receive City Hearings Tomorrow

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Proposed new planning and zoning changes are flying fast and furious in L.A. these days, and two big issues will have city hearings on Thursday, August 25. Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance First up at 8:30 a.m., at the Van Nuys City Hall, is a City Planning Commission hearing on proposed revisions to the city’s Small Lot Subdivision […]

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Local Real Estate Listing May (or May Not) Have Ties to Author Jack London

Local Real Estate Listing May (or May Not) Have Ties to Author Jack London

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Like a great many of our readers, we here at the Buzz love a good real estate listing…and we love finding out about little-known local history.  And when those things occur together, our Spidey sense just gets all sorts of tingly.  Which is why we were intrigued to be tagged in a reader’s tweet a few days […]

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LA Tennis Club Featured in Mercedes Commercial

LA Tennis Club Featured in Mercedes Commercial

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last March, the Buzz reported that tennis great Roger Federer shot a Mercedes Benz commercial at the Los Angeles Tennis Club. The commercial is out now, and it’s pretty funny. The two-minute commercial, recently posted on YouTube, is a mini-documentary parody of the Tennis Channel show “Legends of the Game,” and is hosted by CBS and Tennis […]

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Miracle Mile HPOZ Preservation Plan Hearing – Part 2: Public Comments

Miracle Mile HPOZ Preservation Plan Hearing – Part 2: Public Comments

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

A public hearing on the first draft of the Preservation Plan for the proposed Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone was held on Saturday, August 20, at the Candela Taco Bar at 831 S. La Brea.  The 2 1/2-hour meeting was divided into two parts – an open house and informational presentation on HPOZs in […]

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Miracle Mile HPOZ Preservation Plan Hearing – Part 1: The Details

Miracle Mile HPOZ Preservation Plan Hearing – Part 1: The Details

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

A public hearing on the first draft of the Preservation Plan for the proposed Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone was held on Saturday, August 20, at the Candela Taco Bar at 831 S. La Brea.  The 2 1/2-hour meeting was divided into two parts – an open house and informational presentation on HPOZs in […]

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Caruso Development in Pacific Palisades Wins City Approval

Caruso Development in Pacific Palisades Wins City Approval

| August 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Developer Rick Caruso’s proposed Palisades Village project, the redevelopment of Swarthmore Avenue in the Pacific Palisades, has won final approval from the Los Angeles City Council, according to the Los Angeles Times. The approval paves the way for shopping center magnate Rick Caruso to start work on his Palisades Village project, which the Grove owner envisions […]

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David Ulin on LA at Wilshire Rotary

David Ulin on LA at Wilshire Rotary

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Los Angeles is a ‘private life city’ on the edge of becoming a ‘street life city,’” observed author David L. Ulin to members of the Wilshire Rotary, who gathered at the historic Ebell of Los Angeles earlier this week. Ulin spoke about themes prominent in his latest book, “Sidewalking; Coming to Terms with Los Angeles,” a […]

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