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... Read More
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"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... Read More
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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... Read More
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Seeing the Light at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Seeing the Light at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

As a full moon rose over the courtyard at Kayne Griffin Corcoran’s new home on La Brea Avenue last Thursday, guests joked that James Turrell must have ordered it for the occasion. They weren’t that... Read More
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The Source Family Comes Home -- On Their Own Terms

The Source Family Comes Home — On Their Own Terms

It was not your typical Happy Hour on the Sunset Strip. Last Thursday, the Standard Hotel hosted the L.A. premiere of “The Source Family,” a documentary by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos. In honor of... Read More
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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,... Read More
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Desert By Design

Desert By Design

Some architects want their work to be admired; John Lautner wanted his to be experienced. “He designed from the inside out,” says interior designer and hotelier Tracy Beckmann. “He wanted you to feel.” Beckmann and... Read More
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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... Read More
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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... Read More
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She's a Rainbow

She’s a Rainbow

In the artist Alia Penner’s eyes, everything looks better covered in rainbows. Not girly, pastel rainbows, but brilliant acid hues that bring to mind Peter Max and Sonia Delaunay. When the California-born artist isn’t painting... Read More
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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.... Read More
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The Untrained Eye

The Untrained Eye

In 1951, Charles Brittin, a mailman and amateur photographer, moved to Venice, Calif., and began to photograph his surroundings: the desolate streets and misty midways, the oil derricks erected by the beach and the vibrant... Read More
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