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Always Composed
Jade Chang | July 5, 2011

Before graduating high school you took up with a troupe of avant-garde street performers in Paris—how did that happen? At that point in my life it seemed like everything was random. I was going to travel the world, but I...

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Alfresco Fever!
Lesley Balla | June 27, 2011

Sure, LACMA is a great place to cool off on hot summer days, but now come sundown you can lounge on the curvy gray sofas at Stark Bar (5905 Wilshire Blvd.) amid the glow cast by Chris Burden’s nearby Urban Light. >>>...

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America’s Girl
Kimberly Davis Tarne | June 22, 2011

London-bred actress Hayley Atwell is leaping across the pond and into the arms of actor Chris Evans in this month’s Captain America: The First Avenger. But playing
the part of Captain America’s main squeeze takes more than...

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24/7 Party People
Alexis Johnson | June 22, 2011

L.A. nightlife is growing up with smaller venues and less bottle service (no more buying your way in), which means making the grade at the rope is even tougher every night of the week.



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Feast of the Beast
Lesley Balla | June 22, 2011

Today more than ever there is an obsession with the meat on our plates. Not only do we care about where our food comes from, but butchers are the new culinary rock stars (as proven by Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura’s hit Fairfax...

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The Spice is Right
Brad A. Johnson | June 22, 2011

The hostess is leading my party through the bar toward the dining room to our table, but I get sidetracked—mesmerized—by the wood-burning grill. It’s practically a bonfire, flames raging up through the iron grates, the aroma...

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Tour de Fork!
the editors of Modern Luxury, with Contributing Editor John Mariani | June 22, 2011

Bon appetit, buen provecho, guten appetit or simply “enjoy”—the language of any amazing restaurant needs no translation. Go for the food, stay for the buzz, leave with memories and...

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Food for Thought
Lesley Balla, Alexandria Abramian-Mott and Kimberly Davis Tarne | June 22, 2011

There is a sea of change in the L.A. dining scene, and we’re excited to ride that wave. The new guard has stripped everything down this past year—young, ambitious chefs are creating soulful...

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Romancing the Stone
Gary Baum | June 20, 2011

The show at Harvard & Stone (5221 Hollywood Blvd.) in Thai Town has no stage. Or, rather, the bar itself is the stage. Just as at La Descarga, their nearby pre-Fidel Havana haven, twin brothers Mark and Johnny Houston have...

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Pool Cues
Eliza Krpoyan & Lesley McKenzie | June 7, 2011

As temperatures rise, the hottest spots to be found are not behind velvet ropes, but at the water’s edge. Herewith, some of our favorite hotel pools to be seen at—and in—as the dog days commence.

Head to the ...

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The Conjurers
Gary Baum | June 1, 2011 Not too long ago sculptor Glenn Kaino and illusionist Derek DelGaudio were each in the midst of midcareer existential crises. Kaino, 39, was disenchanted with the fine art world’s jaded fixation on money; DelGaudio, 27, by the professional magic scene...

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A Cultivated Taste
Gary Baum | June 1, 2011 Regular trips to the farmers market are no longer enough for a certain oh-so-enlightened subset of local mixologists. They’ve lately taken to personal horticulture, garnering drink ingredients and garnishes from on-site plant plots and budding at-...
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