"The Mothership" Lands in Downtown Los Angeles

“The Mothership” Lands in Downtown Los Angeles

Currently eight and a half months pregnant with her first child, the artist and curator Carly Jo Morgan has been exploring themes of motherhood since long before her own was imminent. Years ago, she designed...
Aldous Huxley's Brave New L.A.

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New L.A.

FIFTY YEARS AGO, on November 22nd, 1963, in his home at the top of Mulholland Highway beneath the first “O” in the Hollywood sign, the British author, psychedelic pioneer and visionary thinker Aldous Huxley lost...
Highland Fling

Highland Fling

With its elegant, Commune-designed interiors and fresh, market-driven cuisine, the restaurant Ammo has been luring art world power players and tastemakers to a semi-desolate stretch of Highland Avenue near Santa Monica Boulevard for more than...
Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars

Since it was built in 1904, astronomers and scientists have been documenting the mysteries of the cosmos at Mount Wilson Observatory. It was here, in the Angeles National Forest at an elevation of 5,700 feet,...
Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Steve Rudicel grew up at the historic Zane Grey Estate, a rambling 18,000 square foot Mediterranean-style mansion in Altadena, the former home of the famed Western novelist. When his father died in 2004, Rudicel, a...
L.A. Woman

L.A. Woman

In Eve Babitz’s third book, Sex and Rage, the main character Jacaranda Leven comes upon a black-and-white photograph hanging in a grand Hollywood penthouse apartment, next to “a David Hockney swimming pool, and a huge...
Everyone Into the Pool

Everyone Into the Pool

Wednesday night, beneath an inverted five-pointed star hanging from the ceiling of the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, the artists Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe presented “Shadow Pool: A Natural...
Ann Roth: Craft Queen

Ann Roth: Craft Queen

Some call her the doyenne of costume design, but Ann Roth herself prefers the term “broad.” Turning 80 next month, Roth may be the oldest working costumer in the business, but she’s flaunting blue toenails...
Brian Butler's Magick Act

Brian Butler’s Magick Act

For the Los Angeles artist Brian Butler, magic (or “magick,” as the case may be) is as modern as technology. Certain teachings may be ancient, he notes, but that doesn’t make them any less relevant....
Just Don't Call Them Communes

Just Don’t Call Them Communes

Today we’ve got reality TV stars and struggling actors in superhero costumes, but in the early ‘70s even stranger, more exotic creatures roamed the boulevards of Hollywood: the 100+ members of The Source Family, a...
Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars

Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars

It comes as little surprise to learn that Sofia Coppola, a filmmaker for whom music often plays a scene-stealing role, enlisted Phoenix, the French rock band fronted by her boyfriend Thomas Mars, to score her...
Yves Saint Laurent at the Petit Palais

Yves Saint Laurent at the Petit Palais

To wander through the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Petit Palais in Paris is not just to receive an infusion of fashion history and a privileged peek into the wardrobes of some of the...
Arts & Architecture Redux

Arts & Architecture Redux

Its pages may espouse the principles of modernism and minimalism, but in its presentation, Taschen’s Arts & Architecture, the Complete Reprint 1945-67, is as maximal as it gets – in the publisher’s standard fashion. After...
The High Priest of Los Angeles

The High Priest of Los Angeles

Last Sunday evening at the Silent Movie Theater, a clip from the 1938 astrological murder mystery “When Were You Born?” was shown as part of an “Occult L.A.” program curated by the author Erik Davis....
Rebirth of the Cool

Rebirth of the Cool

In the spring of 2006, the Centre Pompidou in Paris launched the splashiest exhibition of L.A. modern art the world has seen to date, “Los Angeles 1955-1985: Birth of an Artistic Capital,” featuring 350 works...
Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden

Money may not buy you love, but $2.4 million can buy you prime real estate on “Love Street” – which is the name of a song Jim Morrison wrote about living in Laurel Canyon in...
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What Warpaint Packs on Tour

What Warpaint Packs on Tour

When Warpaint returned to Los Angeles in July after a two-month tour that spanned the western hemisphere, Emily Kokal, one of the all-female quartet’s vocalist/guitarists, would often find herself wandering the hills of her Echo...
Videre Licet: Furniture Glam Enough for Hollywood

Videre Licet: Furniture Glam Enough for Hollywood

President Obama sits behind a custom walnut desk of their design in his private study, and François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek’s Paris apartment is illuminated by their light boxes, but until now, the design partnership...
Dennis Hopper's "The Last Movie" Screens at Paris Photo

Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie” Screens at Paris Photo

Three of Dennis Hopper’s four children — Marin, Ruthanna and Henry — gathered at Paramount Studios with Hollywood friends like Andrew and Luke Wilson and Todd Phillips (director of the “Hangover” franchise and friend of...
"Veils" Celebrates the Art of the Obscured

“Veils” Celebrates the Art of the Obscured

As its name suggests, “Veils” — a 40-artist group exhibition opening Saturday in the West Adams neighborhood of L.A. — offers interpretations of the physical act of concealment. But the show’s curators, Jhordan Dahl and...
Cosmic L.A. Style: Coryander Friend and Parachute Market

Cosmic L.A. Style: Coryander Friend and Parachute Market

Spring is in the air, and this weekend Parachute Market is celebrating the season with “Let There Be Light,” the third installment of this curated design fair. The brainchild of set designer and vintage dealer...
Tune In, Try On: L.A.'s Psychedelic Sixties Boutiques

Tune In, Try On: L.A.’s Psychedelic Sixties Boutiques

San Francisco might own 1967’s Summer of Love, but L.A.’s trippy season went on long after that – just like its eternal sunshine. The late ‘60s here saw love-ins in Elysian Park, acid tests in...
"The Mothership" Lands in Downtown Los Angeles

“The Mothership” Lands in Downtown Los Angeles

Currently eight and a half months pregnant with her first child, the artist and curator Carly Jo Morgan has been exploring themes of motherhood since long before her own was imminent. Years ago, she designed...
The World According to Willow

The World According to Willow

She was a pop princess at the age of nine and poised for movie stardom by 11, having been cast as “Annie” in an update of the beloved musical, but right now, just two days...
Something in the Air

Something in the Air

To some, art smells like nothing so much as money, but in Los Angeles these days there’s a distinctly sweeter scent wafting through the halls of culture: perfume. Thanks to the rise of a California–based...
Vintage Maven Linda Ramone Talks Shop(ping)

Vintage Maven Linda Ramone Talks Shop(ping)

I gabba-gabbed with the glamorous vintage goddess and rock ‘n’ roll widow Linda Ramone for Los Angeles Magazine‘s December 2013 issue. Below are some outtakes from our talk about her inspirations, her favorite pieces and...
Aldous Huxley's Brave New L.A.

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New L.A.

FIFTY YEARS AGO, on November 22nd, 1963, in his home at the top of Mulholland Highway beneath the first “O” in the Hollywood sign, the British author, psychedelic pioneer and visionary thinker Aldous Huxley lost...
Rock Star Irene Neuwirth

Rock Star Irene Neuwirth

Although Irene Neuwirth’s Abbot Kinney studio contains a queen’s ransom of precious gems and spectacular pieces at various stages of completion, the jeweler herself is adorned with nothing but a simple chain from Mexico. “My...