Robin Antin’s Girl Group Empire

Robin Antin’s Girl Group Empire

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Robin Antin Photo by James Hickey The light-filled rooftop garden of West Hollywood's Soho House, the international members-only club serving A-list clientele, feels as it's supposed to feel: dramatic and exclusive. A mature olive tree, one of several growing in the center of the dining area, is clearly older than the club, which … Continue »

Gaga Was Good, But Bennett Was Better At The Wiltern

Gaga Was Good, But Bennett Was Better At The Wiltern

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Before the vocalists took the stage, the 32-piece band opened with "Take The 'A' Train."  Sparkling crystal swags hung from the proscenium, and the audience was elegant in evening wear, with plenty of suits and gowns on display and a lot more grey hair than typically seen at a Lady Gaga show — because this wasn't a Lady Gaga show. The night truly … Continue »

My Son, The Monk

My Son, The Monk

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When my 12-year-old son decided to spend two weeks as a novice monk at the Wat Thai temple in North Hollywood, I hoped he would learn something about Buddhism. Instead he learned how to make a flamethrower out of a lighter and a can of Febreze. Say “Buddhist monastery” and everyone pictures a strict, disciplined environment, full of structure … Continue »

The Regent Is The Latest Theater To Join Downtown L.A.'s Live-Music Boom

The Regent Is The Latest Theater To Join Downtown L.A.'s Live-Music Boom

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Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Mitchell Frank's barking ringtone is at it again. Tonight Frank is hosting a private party at the Regent Theater, his newly renovated venue on Main Street, in the Historic Core section of downtown Los Angeles. Outside, a painter is still delicately putting finishing touches on the red R's that adorn the windows. … Continue »

Jack Black, Patron of the Arts

Jack Black, Patron of the Arts

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We know actor Jack Black for his "best band in the world" bluster as half of Tenacious D, and for his on-screen persona: a heavy metal pothead. But Black also happens to be a patron of the arts. Or just stuff that he thinks is cool. Black and his wife, Tanya Haden, have helped fanned the flames of small, select handful of projects including Art … Continue »

A Bachelorette Art Party That Makes Ogling Hot, Naked Guys Respectable

A Bachelorette Art Party That Makes Ogling Hot, Naked Guys Respectable

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We've heard it before: Women aren't wired to orient to visual turn-ons the way men are. That's why women don't subscribe to Playgirl or watch as much porn as men do. And it's why I'm not anticipating any pant-inducing thrills, certainly, from seeing a naked stranger in the middle of a photography studio in West Hollywood. Yet here I am, feeling … Continue »