| Nov 25, 2010
In a tight red sweater, curvy jacket and a loop of pearls, Xiomara Ardolina looks too young to have started her first restaurant in La Canada way back in 1979. She later parlayed the money she made with that first venture into a French bistro in Old...
| Apr 21, 2011
2008 Cogno Barbera d'Alba 'Bricco dei Merli'
When Barbera is good, it is very, very good. And the 2008 Barbera d'Alba "Bricco dei Merli" is one of those bottles. A deep ruby red, it's soft and velvety on the palate, conjuring up flavors of cassis,...
| Dec 30, 2010
H. Goutorbe Brut Premier Cru 'Cuvée Prestige,' Champagne Laherte Frères Rosé de Saignée 'Les Beaudiers,' Champagne Paul Bara Brut Grand Cru 'Grand Rosé,' Champagne Philipponnat Non Dosé 'Royale Réserve'
Dry and delicately yeasty, Goutorbe "Cuvée...
| Dec 5, 2010
You've got the outfit. You're set on accessories. But you're strapped for time as you rush from work to party, maybe going from Los Feliz to Santa Monica (or Long Beach to Pasadena or any of our other geographic challenges) with no time to stop by home to...
| Nov 14, 2010
Every pocket of affluence in this country seems to have one stellar independent designer boutique, and in Newport Beach it's A'Maree's.
Over the last 35 years, the family-owned business has grown into an international fashion force, showcasing cutting-...
| Jun 23, 2011
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There's not much to say, really, about "Strangers Online" unless you take schadenfreude-inspired joy in cheaply made (and even more cheaply thought out) video dreck.
It's the story of a stud Internet radio DJ (Noel Palomaria) with Cinemax-worthy girl...
| Jan 29, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller: The legendary songwriting duo will present and sign their recent autobiography, "Hound Dog." Every Picture Tells a Story, 1333 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 6 p.m. Free....
| Dec 9, 2010
There will be no peeking. No snitching. No playing with the Christmas ornaments.
There will be no opening presents early. No staying up late waiting for Santa. And definitely no peeing of one's name in the snow.
No, it isn't fair. That's just the way it...
| Nov 21, 2010
High in his ridgeline home, sitting on a porch that feels like a ledge, Gerard Way peered through cigarette smoke and the late-afternoon Pasadena haze as he searched his memory for the moment when his band, My Chemical Romance, shed its skin. "I think,"...
| Jan 30, 2011
On a recent weekday morning John Lydon was riding passenger side on Venice Boulevard toward downtown L.A., and the day seemed full of possibility. "I don't get out much, so I'm thinking, 'What can I go buy?'" he wondered. "Usually it's plumbing...
| Dec 22, 2010
Still searching for that perfect gift for your brother-in-law or a persnickety client? Coffee-table books might fit the bill, what with that suitable heft and an undeniable quotient of cool. Here we offer a few last-minute selections for those gaps on...