From its modest origins in 1980, the internationally renowned Turtle Creek Chorale (turtlecreek.org) has come a long way. Now a world-class men’s chorus of nearly 200 members, the chorale has toured Europe, played Carnegie Hall, released 38 CDs and kicks off its 33rd season with Majesty & Glory on Oct. 21 at the Meyerson. Artistic Director Trey Jacobs reflects on the next chapter.
Loosen your bow ties, boys, because menswear just got that much more casual. Dallasite Kevin Lavelle is keenly aware of the sensibility that makes a man, when suited up, so alluring. So when Lavelle came back to Dallas after a journey that included the prep-strewn lawns of SMU, plutocratic types in Washington, D.C., and the eclectic wanderers of Dubai, he vowed he wasn’t going to iron his shirts anymore. Or dry-clean them. Or spend yet another moment grasping at a stiff collar.
by Lesley Balla | Angeleno magazine | September 27, 2012
When the original Laurel Hardware opened in 1946, it served a much different West Hollywood than it does now. For 62 years, it was an actual hardware store stocking nuts and bolts. This past summer, a new Laurel Hardware was born in the old space. Shelves piled with power tools have made way for tables topped with plated burgers and fresh seasonal salads in a casually chic restaurant and lounge. My, how the times are a-changing.
by Kimberly Davis Tarne | Angeleno magazine | September 27, 2012
Leven Rambin is a natural. At just 13, the Houston-bred actress, now 22, convinced her parents to bring her to L.A. for an audition on All My Children—with no prior acting experience. She ultimately nabbed two roles as look-alike half sisters, which spanned four years and landed her two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. She parlayed the experience into multiple TV gigs, including Law & Order: SVU, CSI: Miami and Grey’s Anatomy.
by Andrew Myers | Angeleno magazine | September 27, 2012
“I like everything real,” says Eva Chow, style icon, designer, collector, doyenne of Mr Chow restaurants and, for the second year running, co-chair (alongside Leonardo DiCaprio) of LACMA’s second annual Art + Film Gala, happening Saturday, Oct. 27.
At a time when we’re all taking sides in the never-ending San Diego Fine Dining Debate—why chefs leave and restaurants shutter, whether we’re hostile to haute cuisine, whether our collective palate is too stunted (or evolved) to enjoy (or suffer) the kind of gastronomic magic that New Yorkers and Catalonians enjoy—it takes a little chutzpah and a lot of talent to launch a successful tasting-menu-only concept in San Diego, let alone in an octogenarian icon like La Valencia Hotel.
He staked out his HQ in Barrio Logan when nobody else would go near the gritty, downtown-bordering enclave. Now pioneering architect Graham Downes is setting his sights on his home turf: Bankers Hill.
“It’s been completely overlooked for all these years,” says Downes, who owns one of the neighborhood’s grandest old houses, a 101-year-old beauty named Klauberhaus after the original residents. “It’s a great community with views of the airport, the city, the harbor and Balboa Park.”