Luxury City Living: Roosevelt Lofts
Renovated high-rise apartments open Downtown.
August 08, 2012
Downtown LA’s newly opened Roosevelt Lofts brings luxury living to the heart of the Financial District. Reminiscent of a posh boutique hotel, the refurbished 222-unit facility earns rave reviews for its upscale amenities, chic social scene, and stunning city views. A quick walk from the Staples Center and LA Live!, the hot property already boasts celebrity tenants including David Arquette, Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian, and LA Laker Paul Gasol.
The Lofts underwent a complete renovation under owners Greystar Real Estate Partners to turn the historic spot into a luxury high-rise. Interior accommodations now include a full-service fitness center, zen garden, business center, and vibrant murals created by local artists. The units themselves are bright, modern, and equipped with premium appliances and contemporary fixtures.
Guests experienced first-hand all the Lofts had to offer during its grand opening celebration on the rooftop lounge/pool terrace. Held against the backdrop of LA's twinkling lights, the party included live entertainment, eats from The Counter, and specialty Patron cocktails. For inquiries, call 213-226-1727. 727 W. 7th St., Downtown LA
Q&A With: Shawn and Larry King
Legendary TV interviewer is back with an Internet show.
August 08, 2012
Longtime Beverly Hills residents Shawn and Larry King, are now working as a team both personally and professionally. Married since 1997, the couple—in addition to raising sons Chance and Cannon—envisioned the newly launched Internet show, Larry King Now, streaming on Hulu. A part of ora.tv, an online network backed by tech king/world’s wealthiest man Carlos Slim, the program features Larry doing what he does best: interviewing.
With help from his wife, Larry has created a more casual, homey show environment than with the legendary Larry King Live. We caught up with Shawn and Larry on set, where they dished on their latest venture, life with the kids, and Larry’s ongoing curiosity.
How did Larry King Now come about?
LARRY KING: I missed doing interviews. I’m curious and that will always be the same. Our friend, Carlos Slim came to our house for dinner and said, ‘What can we do together?’ Shawn suggested a website, which led to Larry King Now. Our original thought was (strictly) news, but it’s branched out to cover many things. We formed ora.tv. Ora means ‘now’ in Italian, it’s also Shawn’s middle name.
Shawn, were you surprised Larry wanted to come out of retirement?
SHAWN KING: No, I never believed [he would really retire], especially a guy like Larry who’s been doing this his entire life. When you have that kind of passion, you don’t just walk away after 50-something years. It was impossible for him and I knew it, but I wasn’t going to say ‘oh you can’t do that!’ But then I started thinking, how on earth am I going to get him out of my house!
How does the show differ from Larry King Live?
LK: I really feel at home here. It’s a very different feeling than CNN. CNN is news-ish and here it feels very homey. [Broadcasting on] the Internet feels personable. The first time I worked there I felt like I had been doing it here for 20 years.
Shawn, you actually had a big part in designing the set.
SK: It was conceived from a trophy room I designed for Larry in our home. I wanted a room for him that was a tribute to his career. I built this cozy space that has books that he’s written, awards that he has received, pictures with people that he’s interviewed, and letters from Frank Sinatra and Bill Clinton. We brought (various things) from the actual trophy room, which gave it a more comfy, homey feel.
Larry, what were some of your career highlights? You’ve had so many….
LK: Winning two Peabodys for radio, an Emmy and Emmy lifetime achievement award, and 10 Cable ACE awards, but the number one achievement is fatherhood. There’s nothing that matches being a father.
Speaking of family, how do you spend your weekends in LA?
SK: Our weekends are family time. Saturdays usually involve [the boys’] sports. Sunday afternoon, I always cook a big dinner for Sunday night.
Larry, is there someone you haven’t interviewed yet but would like to?
LK: Castro, he fascinates me. In entertainment, Bruce Springsteen is number one. You can’t get ‘em all.
Photography by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Ruby Neri 'Sculptures' at David Kordansky Gallery
LA artist plays with the human form in sculptural installation.
August 07, 2012
“Sculptures” by LA-based artist Ruby Neri is a thought-provoking take on the human form showing at the David Kordansky Gallery through August 18. Fifteen life-sized pieces—some reaching almost six feet in stature—create an eclectic expanse of abstract shapes, vibrant colors, and meaningful expressions that speak to the human spirit.
Painted brightly and made with plaster, steel, and clay, the sculptures are posed and painted in a variety of ways that blend the lines between primitive and modern. Neri’s works are also on display in the Hammer Museum’s “Made In L.A. 2012” showcase exhibition through September 2. 3143 S. La Cienga Blvd. Unit A, Culver City, 310-558-3030
GANT Rugger Opens Store in Venice
A preppy piece of the East comes to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
August 07, 2012
New England label, GANT Rugger, debuted its first West Coast flagship in Venice, still in soft open until Thursday. Located on a chic block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the blueblood brand offers up Ivy League-influenced attire.
Aside from its signature men’s fashions ranging from printed oxfords to sharp blazers, swim trunks to soft-washed denim, GANT Rugger also features the GANT by Michael Bastian collection for both sexes and on-site tailoring. The shop itself includes all-American trappings, such as a restored gymnasium hardwood floor, Rose Bowl furniture finds, and cold beers for patrons. 1308 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424-272-9558
The Ultimate Sunscreen: Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster
Newly-formulated SPF delivers unparalleled protection.
August 06, 2012
Living in LA, the use of a long-lasting, protective sunscreen is paramount—but with all the SPFs on the market finding the right one seemed impossible, until Dermalogica introduced the reformulated Solar Defense Booster SPF 50 ($48). The skincare brand, which operates its sole West Coast flagship in Santa Monica, uses the latest Oleosome technology to ensure the best and gentlest sun protection in one of its most popular formulas.
Made for even the most sensitive skin, Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Booster SPF 50’s Oleosome molecules boost its active sunscreen ingredients, allowing for fewer chemicals on the skin and maximum time-released sun-protection. The sunscreen’s lightweight, non-greasy formula also makes it ideal to wear alone or under makeup. 1022 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-260-8682
PopUp Dinner LA to Host Glamorous Picnic Event
Innovative dining concept comes to LA.
August 06, 2012
In an event so exclusive the location won’t be revealed until the day of, the first PopUp Dinner LA brings underground dining to the city on August 25 (5-11 PM). The one-night-only picnic has already garnered great success in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and Atlanta, and this time hosts a Great Gatsby-inspired evening under the stars in LA.
Guests are required to wear white cocktail attire, and bring their own tableware, food, and beverages, but can opt for a dinner basket prepared by an up-and-coming LA chef. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Slow Food Los Angeles, which seeks to change the way we see food through reconnecting with the environment and people that help produce it. Tickets are $28 and $78 with dinner basket selection. For tickets and information, visit popupla.info.
California Creation: Louis Vuitton Waffle Maker
LA artist fashions a funky work of art for the kitchen.
August 03, 2012
Bring luxury to your breakfast table with LA artist Andrew Lewicki’s Louis Vuitton-inspired waffle maker, complete with the fashion house’s signature logo. An inventive vision for everyday items—Lewicki’s prior projects have included concrete Leggos and an Oreo manhole cover—his new piece is the first to incorporate a couture brand.
The waffle maker, which has earned national attention for its unique design model, is meticulously made using Teflon-coated aluminum, enamel on aluminum sheet, and the requisite waffle maker parts. More of a cultural creation than a functional kitchen product, the Louis Vuitton waffle maker isn’t for sale (yet) but is still a covetable work of art.
C + M Gourmet Coffeehouse Arrives at LACMA
Chef-driven café redefines the coffee stop.
August 03, 2012
Cap off a leisurely afternoon of exhibition browsing with a caffeine break at LACMA’s new café, C + M (Coffee and Milk). More than just an in-and-out coffee shop, the museum’s latest addition offers direct trade Intelligentsia coffee and espresso, gourmet sandwiches, homemade pastries, and organic milk shakes and milk sorbets.
Under the Patina Restaurant Group umbrella, which is responsible for upscale establishments ranging from Manhattan’s Brasserie 8 ½ to Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse in Downtown LA, C + M employs a bevy of top chefs to ensure only top-quality fare. The culinary team of Joachim Spilchal, Kris Morningstar, Josh Graves, and Gregg Wiele works to churn out daily-made bites like oven-baked baguettes stuffed with country ham or gruyere and truffle butter, as well as farmers market peach pies, lemon lavender pop tarts, and mini black velvet cakes.
But it’s C + M’s cold treats that are truly standout. Milkwiches made with creamy sorbets and soft-baked cookies, hand-mixed daily-changing shakes, and spiked milk handshakes crafted courtesy of mixologist Paul Sanguinetti are sure to set the café apart. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-857-6180
THE TASTE Announces Culinary Lineup
LA food fest brings star talent, cooking demos, and special parties.
August 02, 2012
The long-awaited schedule for this year’s Los Angeles Times THE TASTE festival at Paramount Picture Studios has arrived. Top local talent on the bill for the September 1-3 event includes Thomas Keller (Bouchon, The French Laundry), Nancy Silverton (Mozza, La Brea Bakery), Nyesha Arrington (Wilshire), Jason Kim (Forage), Bricia Lopez (Guelaguetza), and Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo-Chica).
The Labor Day weekend festival launches with a Field to Fork event featuring a cook-off between Fig Restaurant’s Ray Garcia and MB Post’s David LeFevre, and a local farmer panel discussion. Later that night, premier mixologists will face off in a specialty cocktail competition, Cocktail Confidential. Flavors of LA, a presentation of internationally inspired dishes; a food, wine, and beer pairing special; and a Labor Day picnic round out the event roster. For a complete schedule and more information, visit events.latimes.com/taste. 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood
Weekend Recommender: August 2-4
Stop by a traveling salon, sample Asian cuisine, and honor Marilyn Monroe.
August 02, 2012
Creative Asian flavors abound at LUCKYRICE on Saturday.
Hairroin/Urban Outfitters Traveling Salon Launch
Thursday, August 2-Sunday, August 5, 10 AM-10 PM
Get pampered this weekend when upscale salon Hairroin pops up in the Third Street Promenade Urban Outfitters. In addition to hair services, Thursday night’s kickoff party will feature live music, styling demos, and treats and beverages from Tender Greens. For the complete weekend schedule, visit hairroinsalon.com. 1440 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310-394-1404
LUCKYRICE Festival Night Market
Saturday, August 4, 7-10 PM
Presented by sponsors Bombay Sapphire East and Condé Nast Traveler, this celebratory evening of Asian food and culture brings together world-renowned and local chefs and mixologists for the first time in LA. Participating LUCKYRICE chefs include host Sang Yoon (Father’s Office/Lushon), Bryant Ng (Spice Table), Kros Yenbamroong (Night + Market), and Susur Lee (Top Chef Masters and Chef of Lee’s, Toronto). H.D. Buttercup in the Helms Bakery Building will transform to match the featured tastes, with Chinese boudoirs, elaborate chandeliers, and decorative pagodas. Tickets: $50 for general admission and $88 for VIP (VIP is from 7:00 -7:30 PM with all-evening access to the VIP Chefs Lounge). 3225 Helms Ave., Culver City
George Barris Book Signing for Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words: Marilyn Monroe's Revealing Last Words and Photographs
Saturday, August 4, 4-6 PM
To honor the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s passing (August 5), her dear friend, celebrity photographer George Barris, will hold a special book signing at the Hollywood Museum. Barris, author of Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words: Marilyn Monroe's Revealing Last Words and Photographs was the last to photograph the iconic starlet before her death. 1660 Highland Ave., 323-464-7776
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.