Hope + Flower Readies For Opening in DTLA

Hope+Flower by Hunter Kerhart.

After three years of construction, Onni Group is putting the finishing touches on their Hope + Flower project in South Park.

The mixed-use development, located at 1201 S. Hope Street, consists of two high-rise towers containing a total of 730 apartments above 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The towers are conjoined by a shared podium, which serves as an amenity deck as well as a parking structure for 830 vehicles.


You might think the title of this list is redundant but it speaks to an interesting debate about marinated pork in the Mexican community. Whether you believe that al pastor and adobada are the same things or that they are completely different, the argument speaks to the growing literacy of Mexican food in L.A. Fortunately, we are blessed with a bounty of Comida Mexicana in the city of Angels, where you can find both.

What is the difference between the two?

A food critic feeds his love for Lebanese cuisine at the source

I’ve been thinking lately about the ways that cuisines are transformed and reinterpreted when they’re translated from home cooking to a professional kitchen. It was the subject of my newsletter last week, in conversations with food writers Andy Baraghani and Naz Deravian on the subject of Persian restaurant menus. And it was, in essence, the impetus for a recent nine-day trip I took to Lebanon.

I’d known Lebanese cuisine only from restaurants I’d reviewed over the years, mostly in Atlanta: mezze of hummus, tabbouleh, labneh (yogurt drained to the thickness of fresh cheese) and fatayer (small savory pies often filled with spiced spinach and pine nuts); falafel and kebabs and shawarma.


Highland Park may have become synonymous with headlines about flipping Craftsman homes for hundreds of thousands of dollars over asking price and retenanting, but there is one timeless dish that has survived the gentrification and has continued to thrive: the breakfast burrito.

While many of the original working-class residents of many different backgrounds have been driven out, the Latino roots of the neighborhood are still evident as you stroll past the boutique shops and speakeasy sandwich bars. Highland Park’s most bustling business areas are made of the neighborhood’s two main streets, York and Figueroa. The former used to be an area that was known for boasting almost two dozen auto body shops at one point. As the economic picture has shifted, so have the businesses and yet one essential factor remains: people need to eat and the breakfast burrito is at your service.

What’s brewing in Chinatown: a microguide to four unique coffee bars

Chinatown today is a neighborhood in flux, a place of cultural collision with new energy, new entrepreneurs, and cultures from around the world. But its history goes back generations and there remains a clutch of iconic bakeries, restaurants, cafes and lounges that blanket the landscape between the L.A. River and North Figueroa Street, from Phoenix Bakery (opened 1938) to Philippe (in its current location since 1951).

You’ll need a cup of coffee to take it all in. Happily the many-splendored neighborhood is here to oblige.

Ed Templeton Photographs the LA Pride Parade

Photographer, artist, and professional skateboarder Ed Templeton has made a career out of capturing young people on the fringe, hanging out, hooking up, and chilling out. In 2011, he released Teenage Kissers, a companion to the groundbreaking Teenage Smokers (2000), images from nearly 16 years of kids passionately embracing at the skate parks, beaches, boardwalks, and suburban margins of Southern California, as teenagers are wont to do.

Now Templeton brings the exuberant human spirit of this project to Los Angeles Pride, where he documented revelers kissing on the streets of West Hollywood. His photos of parade-goers of all shapes, colors, ages and sizes form a technicolor collage of the many, many faces of love—whether you’re a shirtless cowboy, a pink-haired drag queen, guys in mesh shirts, guys with tattoos, or babes in pasties. On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, the act of affection becomes a political demonstration, the passion of each pair of lovers burning like a Molotov cocktail. One couple kisses in front of signs held by protestors from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church that say things like, “Homo sex is sin.” As their lips lock  in the glorious afternoon sun, they flip them the bird.

Phyllis Galembo’s New Book Offers a Rare Glimpse Inside the World of Mexican Ritual Dress

Phyllis Galembo’s fascination with masks and ritual dress started when she was just a child trick-or-treating on the streets of her Long Island neighborhood and has taken her all over the world—to Cameron, Zambia, India, Brazil, and beyond—in the last 20 or so years. Her new book, Mexico, Masks | Rituals, brings the New York photographer closer to home, on a magical journey across the border in search of the centuries-old traditions of the indigenous and Mestizo cultures. “When I started going there in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there were no hotels in places like Tulum,” says Galembo who has vivid memories of the first fiesta she was invited to in the Riviera Maya, specifically the distinctive embroidered blouses known as huipiles worn by female revelers. “About 10 years ago around Easter time, I suddenly got this weird inkling that I really needed to go back.”

The Messy Politics of Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’

By the end of She’s Gotta Have It’s first season, back in 2017, the show’s effervescent protagonist chose to abandon the three men she’d been dating. Nola Darling, the fictional Brooklyn-based artist who animated Spike Lee’s 1986 film of the same name, had found a new love worth pursuing: the principle of honesty. “That’s why I painted The Three-Headed Monster,” she said in one of her many fourth-wall breaking monologues, referencing the collagelike painting she’d shown the men during a surprise group dinner. “It’s about the truth, and I understand, often, that is the hardest thing to get to—to land at a place where folks can find openness, candor, and frankness amongst each other.”

Madonna at Sixty

The night before the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, Madonna was sitting in the arena attached to the MGM Grand hotel, staring at a double of herself. The double, who was standing on the stage many yards away, was younger and looked Asian but wore a similar lace minidress and a wig in Madonna’s current hairstyle, a ’30s movie star’s crimped blond waves. “It’s always the second person with the wig — she wants to see it,” a stage designer said, adding that when she makes a decision, she is definitive. “Madonna wants 10 options, but when she says it’s the one, it’s the one.”

Anissa Helou discusses her favorite recipes — and camel humps

Most recently the author of “Feast: Food of the Islamic World,” Anissa Helou grew up in Beirut with a Syrian father and Lebanese mother, and wrote her first book about Lebanese food in 1994. Now, she lives in Sicily (“It has everything that I was brought up with: seasonality, sunshine, the sea, lovely people, hospitality. But there is no ISIS,” she explains), but she’s still writing about the food of the Islamic world — “Feast” collects recipes from Muslim cultures ranging from Indonesia to Iran and India to Qatar. At Now Serving, Helou talked with Evan Kleiman about her research tactics, her favorite biryani recipe, and a one-time plan to make lardo from a camel’s hump.

At the Broad Museum, the Groundbreaking ‘Soul of a Nation’ Puts a Refreshed Focus on the Struggles of Black Artists in LA

The 1960s ignited a generation of activists fueled by inequity, unrest, and uprisings, and the art created during this time was a visual by-product of the nation’s struggle toward equality. But the work of African American artists during this era remained in the shadows of the art world, largely unrecognized by mainstream audiences.

In other words, the sustained inclusion of Black art in the historical canon is a slow, evolutionary process that was catalyzed by revolutionary acts.

Silk Road Super | Hushidar Mortezaie

Born in Tehran, Hushidar Mortezaie immigrated to California’s Bay Area in 1975. This multidisciplinary artist navigates through different mediums amongst which painting, fashion design, silkscreen or illustration. His home country, Iran, remains an endless source of inspiration to him.
After studying Fine Arts at UC Berkeley, Hushidar met partner Michael Sears, a designer himelf, with whom he moved to NYC.
In the Big Apple, Mortezaie became a buyer and boutique curator at Patricia Field, highly recognized for her stylist job on TV show Sex & The City.

Feasting and fasting: The meaning of the rituals of Ramadan

Fasting is a ritual practiced by all religions.

For Christians, it happens during Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter when many abstain from eating foods of their choosing to emulate the time Christ spent in the Judean desert. For Muslims the daily fast during the month of Ramadan is more about purification than penitence. The fast is broken nightly at iftars, gatherings where the feasting and socializing are as important as the fasting that precedes them.

An artist trades abstract canvases for pop-up soul food

Under an overcast February sky at Paramount Pictures’ backlot — which was set up to resemble a New York City street embedded with art installations, including paintings of laundry strung between faux brownstones — Ray Anthony Barrett plated a meticulous and tiny take on hoppin’ John, deconstructed sweet potato pie and diminutive Maldon salt-studded hoe cakes.

How leading roles for women in Bollywood have evolved over the years

In its almost 70-decade long history, Bollywood has seen the female lead take on many forms, from the sacrificing mother, whimpering damsel in distress, to a woman in charge of her own destiny. But the one thing that becomes clear when you set out to chart the evolution of women in Bollywood is the role of the viewers’ gaze, which in turn has informed by a variety of factors, including politics, socio-economic structure of the society at that particular time, and evolution of culture.

Native Son Gets the James Baldwin Edit

Selling more than 215,000 copies in the three weeks following its American debut, Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son, successfully captivated readers nationwide. The story of Bigger Thomas—a hardened, murderous black 20-year-old confronting poverty in Depression-era Chicago—thrust audiences into a complicated conversation about race and racism in America. The book garnered comparisons to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and earned Wright the title of America’s “best Negro writer.”

Winners of Smithsonian Magazine’s 2018 Photo Contest

Selected from more than 48,000 entries, the winning photographs from Smithsonian magazine’s 16th annual competition have been announced. The Grand Prize winner this year, Newest Cowboy in Town, comes from the Mississippi-based photographer Rory Doyle. Below are the winning images from the following categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, and Mobile, as well as the Readers’ Choice winner. Captions were written by the photographers.

Dawn Richard Captures the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans in All Their Glory

In the first few moments of Dawn Richard’s new album, New Breed, you are immediately transported back in time and space to New Orleans, where it all began for the singer-songwriter. Richard wistfully retells the stories of her Catholic school days, of craving sno-balls (a shaved ice confection that’s specific to the port city), of feasting on crawfish, another local delicacy. The album also sheds light on a local tradition that’s been a part of Richard’s family for decades: the Mardi Gras Indian parade, a result of a kindred partnership that formed centuries ago between Native Americans and Africans in what’s now considered Louisiana.

“The one thing they had in common was the art of dance and the art of sewing: the garb, the costumes, and that became the communication between the cultures that led the Mardi Gras festivities for us,” says Richard. “Mardi Gras was Carnival for white people who had money and black people couldn’t be a part of that. They wouldn’t let them participate in it,” Richard says of the origins of the practice. “Black people would come out in their garb and show each other what ward and what tribe sewed the best. They’d create these incredible ceremonies with each other, and it gave them an identity where it had been stripped away.”


(Photo by Courtesy of Netflix)

Netflix delivered a thrilling double-whammy this October with the premieres of The Haunting of Hill Houseand Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, both of which serve up stellar moments of serialized horror. While the latter portrays the campy, occult end of the genre’s spectrum, the former paints a haunting portrait of grief with ghosts stalking the lives of one family over years.

Those shows’ biggest scares us thinking about the best episodes of horror in TV history, so we’ve prepared a list of the scariest episodes of television ever. Among these fearsome moments are episodes of The Twilight ZoneTwin PeaksThe Walking Dead, and American Horror Story. But, in addition to those no-brainers, episodes of The X-FilesStranger ThingsAtlanta, and Doctor Who also strike terror into the hearts of viewers.

Oscars 2019: Green Book best picture win proves divisive

Spike Lee did not do much to hide his displeasure when Green Book beat his film and six others to this year’s best picture Oscar.

According to one report, the BlacKkKlansman director tried to storm out of the Dolby Theatre when the winner was read out by Julia Roberts.

“I thought I was courtside at the [Madison Square] Garden and the ref made a bad call,” Lee later told reporters, saying the film was “not his cup of tea”.

“I’m snake-bit,” he joked, using a euphemism for experiencing failure or bad luck. “Every time somebody’s driving somebody, I lose.”

Annie Leibovitz, the early years: Nearly 4,000 photos on view in L.A.

Annie Leibovitz began her creative life like so many other photographers of her generation: with a basic SLR camera and some black-and-white film.

Years before she set a standard for inventive portraiture, Leibovitz was an art student shooting pictures of her life and family, showing a flair for the stylishly raw and playful, inspired by her love for the pictures of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. When a little-known magazine called Rolling Stone hired her in 1970, she brought that same eye to pictures of rock stars and filmmakers, the 1972 presidential campaign trail and a shotgun ride with literary outlaws Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe.