Farfetch, Proenza Schouler Touch Down in L.A. for Dining in Color Series

“The reviews were great, sales have been great, it was a good one,” Lazaro Hernandez said of the spring 2020 Proenza Schouler collection, while taking a break from greeting pals Rashida Jones, Hari Nef and Lisa Love at a dinner hosted by Farfetch in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. “Things are going well. It’s a whole new chapter for us,” he said, referring to the brand’s new financial backing from Mudrick Capital Management. “We have a lot of freedom to do what we want and the team is amazing.”
While the designers have kept a relatively low profile since their Barneys New York-hosted Hollywood Hills fete to celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2013, they travel west often. “I always fantasize about bringing the company out here,” said Jack McCollough before sitting down to dinner at NeueHouse, where a private room had been decorated for the occasion in dark tones and textures by artist Jordan Wolfson.

Dubbed “Nuit Noire,” the event was the third and final in Farfetch and NeueHouse’s three-part Dining in Color series exploring the intersection of fashion, art and design. The first installment, Coral Bloom in New York City, celebrated the red and pink hues in Carolina Herrera’s resort and

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Sneaker Con L.A. Bringing New Collaboration With Aleali May

Sneaker Con is returning to Los Angeles later this year, and Aleali May is coming along with a new collaboration.
May, an emerging stylist-model-street-style draw who is going on half-a-million Instagram followers is releasing her first and limited collection of apparel and accessories in collaboration with Sneaker Con, which will be selling it exclusively.
The event will be held in Anaheim, Calif., over the first weekend in December, with one-day tickets going for $ 25 and two-day passes for $ 40. With more than 10,000 attendees expected, that puts estimated revenue from strictly ticket sales from the event at around $ 250,000, on the low end.
Sneaker Con is being coproduced with IMG, the sprawling agency and management company under even bigger parent company Endeavor, with Sneaker Con noting this year’s event is part of a “long-term strategic partnership to expand and enhance the Sneaker Con experience globally.” Sneaker Con previously worked with IMG on its May event in Mainland China, which the company says sold out in two minutes. Last year IMG also helped the company launch its digital platform and a related app, so the partnership marks a longer-term commitment.
Tim Pernetti, executive vice president of Endeavor properties, including IMG, said the company is working

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NFL’s Josh Rosen Hits L.A. Hotspot With Hot Lady Friend

The Miami Dolphins might suck, but it’s still good to be Josh Rosen … who left an L.A. hotspot Thursday night with a very attractive lady on his arm!!! Rosen’s Dolphins are on a bye week so the QB decided to catch a plane back to his hometown…

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Lori Loughlin Laughs It Up Heading Into Swanky L.A. Country Club

Lori Loughlin has a very serious legal battle ahead in her college bribery case — but she hasn’t shunned the life of the rich and famous just yet. The embattled “Full House” star arrived Tuesday at the Bel-Air Country Club … grinning ear to ear…

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Moore From L.A.: In Paris, Everyday Grandeur Reigns and Green Is the New Black

It wasn’t the Chanel runway crasher, the Rick Owens bubble makers or Mr. Funkadelic himself, George Clinton, at Sacai that stuck with me most this week (though all were awesome). It was a quaint scene on the balcony of an apartment building across from the Valentino show, where a couple had set out a white tablecloth and wine to watch the runway feast.
They just wanted to catch a glimpse of the grandeur (some of their balcony neighbors even had binoculars in hand). And grandeur is the word that comes to mind for the season; Paris wouldn’t be Paris without it. And neither would fashion, no matter how comfortable are jeans, leggings and sneakers.
It could be nostalgia for a going, going…and bygone era — pre-impeachment, pre-yellow vests and pre-revolution. But it seems more like a calculation by designers that they had to go big, even with ready-to-wear, or go home. Which could also explain the crazy number of looks in some runway collections, including Dior and Balmain. (Who can take it all in? And what kind of a sustainable message is that?)
Certainly there was lots of couture-like fantasy — in the lush, trailing coats and billowing skirts by Christian Lacroix, welcomed

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Rolling Stones Retail Experience Pops Up at Maxfield L.A.

A tongues-and-lips logo Artipoppe baby carrier, Bird scooter and Ladurée macarons can be yours at the new Rolling Stones x Bravado pop-up shop at Maxfield L.A. this week.
Timed to the band’s “No Filter” tour, which stops at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 22, when half of Hollywood is expected to rock out, the store features an assortment curated by Sarah Andelman of Paris boutique Colette and the consulting company, Just an Idea bringing together special products inspired by and celebrating The Rolling Stones, including Cactus Plant Flea Market T-shirts with the new barbed wire tongue-and-lips logo, Edward Bess lipsticks, Casetify Iphone cases, Yeti coolers and more.
L.A.-based multimedia artist Matt McCormick, who draws inspiration from Western Americana, painted the installation that resides in Maxfield’s pop-up space across the street from the flagship. And there are plenty of gigantic fiberglass lip sculptures for Insta moments, of course. The multicity experience, which kicked off last month at Bergdorf Goodman, is the brainchild of Universal Music Group’s Bravado merchandising arm.
The pop-up is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 24, at 8825 Melrose Avenue.

Rolling Stones “No Filter” tour pop-up at Maxfield. 
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Rolling Stones Bird scooters. 
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Everlane Opens First Permanent L.A. Store

San Francisco-based, direct-to-consumer brand Everlane has opened its first permanent shop in Los Angeles, where it all started eight years ago.
The mission-driven basics line beloved by Meghan Markle, Emma Watson, Angelina Jolie and more, has opened a 3,188 square-foot store at 1101 Abbot Kinney in Venice, stocking Everlane’s denim, Ts and popular shoe styles including the Day Heel and Day Glove, alongside seasonal new arrivals. The space features huge glass windows, tons of natural white and a dramatic archway leading to the fitting rooms. 
“Everlane has had roots in L.A. since we launched in 2011. It’s where our first product, the T-shirt, was made just outside of downtown, where they’re still made today. It’s also the home of our first pop-up and recent experiential concept store, Tread by Everlane,” said Tara Shanahan, vice president of retail at Everlane. “We know there is a huge appetite for the brand and after testing concept shops in a few different areas in L.A., we landed on Abbot Kinney for its sense of community, laid-back feel and the incredible foot traffic it sees on a day-to-day basis.”

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The brand commissioned San Francisco artist Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, known for her large-scale supergraphics and work at

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Eckhaus Latta and Ugg Throw an L.A. Dinner Party in Honor of Their Collaboration

“You can see my house from here,” said L.A. native Este Haim on a summit of Montecito Heights overlooking Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Leave it to Eckhaus Latta to showcase someplace new, a part of town in Northeast L.A. — east of Echo Park — unfamiliar to most. “You can also see the high school I went to. This view doesn’t suck.”
The bicoastal brand, founded in New York City by Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus in 2011, was throwing an al fresco dinner party to celebrate their recent collaboration with Ugg.
“We listened to a lot of techno in the car,” she said of the ride over with sisters and Haim bandmembers, Danielle and Alana Haim. “We listened to a bunch of Eiffel 65. And do you remember Rockell? She was a late-Ninties techno artist. When we’re on our way to a party or dinner, we like to put on music that helps inform the vibe of the night to come.”
“These are my sisters,” she continued, as Danielle and Alana appeared. The three were donning the same outfit, head to toe.
“It’s legitimately the same garment,” said Este. “We had the opportunity to, and we just kind of grabbed the bull

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Kelly Oubre Jr. and SI Swim Model Jasmine Sanders Hold Hands Leaving L.A. Club

NBA hooper Kelly Oubre Jr. and smokin’ hot Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Jasmine Sanders are taking things to the next level … hitting up a West Hollywood hot spot together and packin’ on the PDA!! There have been reports the 2 gorgeous…

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Miley Cyrus & Kaitlynn Carter Back Together in L.A.

Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter just touched down in L.A. following their very eventful Italian getaway … and the two grabbed a ride together after the flight. The pair was spotted driving around the City of Angels Wednesday after arriving back…

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Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter Reunite in L.A. Following Post-Split Getaway

Miley Cyrus, Kaitlynn Carter **EMBARGOED UNTIL 7:30pm PT Aug 14Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter’s self-described hot girl summer is continuing stateside.
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Ticket to L.A. – Brett Young

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Brett Young

Genre: Country

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Release Date: December 7, 2018

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Model Georgia Fowler Lands in L.A. as Azzaro’s Wanted Girl

With 960,000 Instagram followers, 27-year-old model Georgia Fowler is on the verge of hitting the milestone million.
“Yes! Come on,” she said at 1 Hotel in Los Angeles, where she was promoting Azzaro’s Wanted Girl fragrance on Thursday night. She’s the face of the perfume and ambassador for the brand, which is reportedly in talks to be bought by L’Oréal from Groupe Clarins. “Follow me!”
Growing up between New Zealand and Australia, she started modeling locally at age 12. Then, at 16, she was signed to IMG Models and left home for New York City. She was able to easily adjust, she said, since much of her childhood was spent traveling with her family.
“My dad was working overseas, because he’s a professional golfer,” she shared. “So, he was on tour, and we were in a different city every week growing up.”
Today, she’s one of Victoria’s Secret’s most recognizable faces, walking the show –– now canceled –– for three years.
“It was disappointing,” she said of the fashion show’s cancelation. The model is also host of “Project Runway New Zealand.” “We had so much fun doing the show. So, we’ll see what happens.”
Victoria’s Secret has been under scrutiny this week after news broke that

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Inside L.A. Designer Jenni Kayne’s Ambition to Build a $100 Million Brand

“We want Jenni Kayne to become a household name, that’s the objective,” said Julia Hunter, president of the 16-year-old Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand that is the understated, rustic-natural yang to Goop’s flashy headline-grabbing yin.
“This year, the business is almost tripling from $ 8 million to $ 25 million…we have seven retail stores, and we’re opening five to 10 in the next year. Business is great and we’re very excited about expanding the company,” said the executive, a veteran of J. Crew and Loeffler Randall. She has been with Jenni Kayne for five years, transforming the brand from a wholesale to direct-to-consumer sales model, with product across women’s clothing and accessories, home and, soon, men’s and children’s.
“Julia has completely transformed the business. We’ve opened up so many new categories, and homed in on what works for us,” said Kayne.
In many ways, the brand’s evolution parallels L.A.’s rise over the past two decades from company town to influencer lifestyle mecca. The designer launched her label in 2003, and one early collection shown on the runway during Los Angeles Fashion Week featured rock ‘n’ roll groupie-worthy cone bras and minidresses. For a while, she presented her collection at New York Fashion Week, emphasizing novelty and

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Rodarte Presents Eighties-Themed Capsule Collection at L.A. Roller Disco Party

It was an Eighties-themed night seemingly off the set of “Stranger Things” inside Milk Studios on Thursday in Los Angeles, where Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy showcased a limited-edition capsule collection.
“We wanted something that spoke to nostalgia a little bit, but also felt of-the-moment,” shared Laura of the event, a collaboration with IMG’s Made and Mastercard.
Neon lights filled the room, which featured a see-now-buy-now Fred Segal Sunset pop-up in the style of a romanticized teenage bedroom. The line of T-shirts, selling for $ 150 each, and sweatshirts for $ 280 — with “Radarte” written across the front — is a collaboration with artist Mari Eastman and sold exclusively at the retail store starting today until Aug. 14.
“Made approached us and said that they were going to do a series of projects where they want you to unite with an artist,” said Laura prior to the presentation, which had models strutting around a makeshift roller-skating rink. “We immediately thought, ‘Oh, this is an amazing opportunity to work with an artist that we admire,’ and we’ve known Mari for years. She’s an amazing painter and professor. Everything was very organic, and it was just a step-by-step process of doing something that was heartfelt

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Rhude’s Rhuigi Villaseñor Celebrates First Puma Collaboration at Kith in L.A.

Off the heels of Rhude’s Paris Fashion Week debut last month, Los Angeles-based designer Rhuigi Villaseñor commemorated his upcoming collaboration with Puma by throwing a party at Kith on Saturday evening.
“I wanted to celebrate silhouettes that already existed, but amplify that and bring it to an audience that doesn’t necessarily understand the heritage of Puma, while incorporating my own twist,” said Villaseñor in a sit-down with Kith’s Ronnie Fieg inside the Los Angeles location of the trendy retail store on Sunset Boulevard. “I’m in a space where I feel like I can concur that. It’s for the new age.”
In front of an audience that included singer Miguel and former New York Giants player Victor Cruz, Villaseñor shared that he wasn’t initially sold on the idea of working with the sportswear company. A conversation with Puma’s global director of brand and marketing, Adam Petrick, changed his mind.
“It was about­­ –– just life and what’s happening in society, and I felt that he took a stand,” said Villaseñor. “It’s important to take a stand…We talked about gun violence and different things that I personally care about…I thought it was larger than just a partnership of products. It’s about ethics.”

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Rodarte Teaming With Made for Capsule Collection, L.A. Party

Rodarte is throwing a summer party with the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs on Aug. 1 in Los Angeles.
The Eighties-themed concert bash is being held in collaboration with Made and Mastercard to celebrate a new capsule collection of “Radarte” pieces incorporating artwork by Los Angeles-based painter Mari Eastman, which will be sold at L.A.’s Fred Segal beginning Aug. 2. The event is expected to draw 300 guests, including friends of Kate and Laura Mulleavy, models, celebrities and fashion notables from the Endeavor agency roster. (The designers are represented by the talent agency, which also owns Made.)
“We are so excited to make these T-shirts and sweatshirts featuring artwork by artist Mari Eastman. We are such fans of her body of work,” the Mulleavys said in a statement of the capsule, which will also incorporate blockchain technology developed by Mastercard.
“Mastercard is happy to be a part of this collaboration. We will address the 94 percent of supply chain leaders who think digital transformation will fundamentally change supply chains for the better with the unveiling of a technology that will help consumers explore the journey of the product and shop with confidence,” said a company statement from Mastercard.
“Fred Segal is at the forefront of retail

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Los Angeles Magazine: How L.A. Gets Freaky, According to Sex Shops

From Mr. Thick Dick Penis Enlarger Cream (WeHo’s The Pleasure Chest) to the Femme Funn Ultra Bullet Massager (Santa Monica’s Secret Desires) to the Bondage 101 kit (Silver Lake’s The Stockroom) and a Puppy Play hood that looks like a dog (Silver Lake’s Rough Trade), turns out Angelenos are as diverse in the bedroom as you would expect.
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Moore From L.A.: Can Dockers Shed Its Dad Pants Image?

Dockers, the brand that invented casual Fridays, dressed Homer Simpson and inspired a 1991 episode of “Seinfeld” that had Jerry handwringing about dating a woman who liked a TV commercial for the chinos, is making a fashion play.
Owner Levi Strauss & Co., which had one of the most successful initial public offerings of the year, is putting renewed focus on the brand, hoping to strike gold again, this time with khaki — and a little help from some stylish Los Angeles friends.
Dockers tapped its go-to Hollywood collaborator Karla Welch, stylist to Justin Bieber and Tracee Ellis Ross, to design a capsule collection of five unisex styles now being sold at Dover Street Market, including $ 360 tapered pleated pants inspired by Fred Astaire. And it linked with cult L.A. upcycling brand Atelier & Repairs on three styles that debuted at the men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo, including the “Kennedy” with chambray details and the “Traveler” with individual carpenter pockets for an iPhone and earbuds.
But can Dockers, forever the (saggy) butt of jokes, escape its goofy dad pants rep?
“For the last two decades, the business has been up and down and somewhat challenging,” admitted Levi Strauss & Co. chief marketing officer

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T.I.’s Lil Trap House Pop-up Hits L.A.

T.I. has officially taken his Trap Museum from Atlanta to Los Angeles — with a pop-up that will honor artists like Cardi B, Migos, Rick Ross and Nipsey Hussle — and we’ve got your first look inside.  The Lil Trap House pop-up is an ode to…

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Todd Gurley Sips on $3,000 Booze at Fancy L.A. Party

Todd Gurley was the life of the party at a swanky event in Beverly Hills this week … sippin’ on expensive booze and posing with even more expensive luxury cars!! The L.A. Rams superstar was celebrating his cover of the Haute Living Los Angeles…

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Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus Back Together, Take a Stroll in L.A.

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are reunited … and it looks so good! The former couple was back together Monday night, taking a stroll through L.A. … and they sure seemed to be happy to be in each other’s company. Nothing beats an evening walk…

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‘King of SoCal’: Two Kawhi billboards go up in L.A.

A team source told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk that “the Clippers knew nothing” about the billboards.
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Kate Beckinsale Kisses Date as They Leave L.A. Restaurant

[[tmz:video id=”0_ih23cew6″]] Kate Beckinsale seems to have moved on from Pete Davidson … and she made what looks like a public declaration that was sealed with a smooch. Kate and a dude were in WeHo Friday leaving Craig’s, and with the glare of camera…

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L.A. Confidential – Curtis Hanson

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Curtis Hanson

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 9.99

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Release Date: September 19, 1997


Los Angeles, 1953. Just beneath the glamorous veneer of Hollywood gossip and movie stars lies a crime-ridden city corrupt to its core. Now, while investigating a brutal murder, three very different police detectives will rediscover a common bond of integrity in the blockbuster film noir thriller L.A. Confidential.

© 1997 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. in the U.S. only. © 1997 Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. in all other territories. All rights reserved.

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L.A. Art Organization Celebrates 10 Years With Auction Fundraiser


The art community, including artists Brian Bress and Mary Weatherford, gathered at the non-profit’s new Hollywood space to toast its 10th anniversary with an auction of works by local talent.

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Makeup Monday: Brooke Shields’ Go-To N.Y. Beauty Shop Pops Up in L.A.


CAP Beauty, a Manhattan staple for all-natural cosmetics seekers, opens a weeklong pop-up store in Jenni Kayne at the Brentwood Country Mart.

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Makeup Monday: Brooke Shields’ Go-To N.Y. Beauty Shop Pops Up in L.A.


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Matt Berninger’s EL VY Makes Energetic L.A. Debut: Concert Review


The National frontman’s side project delights with both dance funk and rock anthems.

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L.A. Reid On Not Bailing Bobby Shmurda Out: “It’s A Different Day”

Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid has been enduring some criticism for not bailing out breakout label star Bobby Shmurda after his arrest late last year on a bevy of charges. Reid explained his reasons for not bailing out the troubled rapper while explaining the times have changed.

Shmurda, who is currently awaiting trial, has been in jail since last December after investigators pegged him as the ringleader of a violent New York-based Crips gang known as GS9. Fellow rap artist Rowdy Rebel and other members of the GS9 gang have also been arrested and charged since Shmurda’s downfall. Reid has kept relatively mum about the developments in the case but shared more details in an interview with the good folks over at Rap Radar.

From The Urban Daily:

“Well, it made me feel like people don’t know anything about my business, right? It’s really not their business. That’s the truth about it, right? Um, we’re not elected officials here. And we’re not at liberty to disclose how we do business. It’s fair practice, I can tell you that. But, it’s not the industry that it once was. We seriously don’t make the money we used to make. That’s a fact of life, right?

“Bobby Shmurda is not the same as Snoop Dogg and Murder Was The Case, who’s coming off The Chronic and his first album. It’s a different era, ya know? And, we’re a publicly held corporation. We just aren’t in the same position we were in back in those days. So, it’s a different day.”

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‘SMUT’ BDSM Event Set for L.A.

The one-night “SMUT” event showcasing the kink and BDSM scene through art, fetish models, and kinky performance art, is set for Oct. 16 at Sanctuary Studios in Los Angeles.
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Sexual Health Expo L.A. Dates, Expanded Venue Announced

Sexual Health Expo (SHE) organizers have announced Jan. 16-17 as the official dates for the upscale consumer expo’s return to Los Angeles, which will be held at the Hilton hotel in Universal City, Calif.
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Matt McGorry, Robbie Rogers Step Out for To Boot New York in L.A.

YOUNG TURKS: Some Millennials are so busy that they don’t have time to eat. That was the case with soccer player Robbie Rogers and actor Matt McGorry on Thursday night, when they dashed from To Boot New York’s dinner at Bar Marmont in West Hollywood before they could feast on caprese salad, crispy cauliflower, herb-roasted chicken and grilled skirt steak with shoe designer Adam Derrick, actor David Bernon, cycling entrepreneur Lorenzo Martone, and stylists Sophie Lopez and Michael Cioffoletti.
For Rogers, clad in a jean jacket embroidered with gold stars, his excuse was an early practice on Friday morning with the LA Galaxy.
McGorry — who’s been busy dancing in a mullet and mustache in Peking Duk’s new music video and producing his first movie, “Stealing Mona,” which he described as “a comedy about a bunch of idiots who are low-level thugs and they decide to steal the ‘Mona Lisa’” — rushed to the set of “How to Get Away with Murder.” Even during the cocktail hour, he tweeted to his 368,000 fans. Now that he stands on a platform built through his work on the hit ABC drama and Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” McGorry is pushing for social change.

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Banksy mural sells for $137K at L.A. auction

A mural painted on a factory wall in Detroit by famous graffiti artist Bansky sells for more than $ 137,000 (USD) at a Los Angeles auction. Jeanne Yurman reports.


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L.A. Story – Mick Jackson

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L.A. Story

Mick Jackson

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: February 8, 1991


A wacky TV weatherman loses his job after taking off yet another weekend – after all, he figures, L.A. weather never changes, does it? And his personal life is a mess too, because his relationship with his long-time girlfriend has gone kaput. Everything looks pretty dismal, when he unexpectedly meets a British journalist on assignment in L.A. and falls instantly in love. He fears he has no chance with her, but while driving down a L.A. freeway, he suddenly realizes that one of the highway signs is trying to communicate with him. He stops to read the messages, takes a risk, and trusts in them to save his life.

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Pretenders: Loose In L.A. – Pretenders

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Pretenders: Loose In L.A.

Pretenders

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 12.99

Release Date: January 1, 2003

© © 2003 Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd

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Kacey Musgraves Tackles TLC, Channels Nancy Sinatra at Pageant Tour’s L.A. Stop: Live Review

“I don’t know how the hell that happened, but thanks for three CMA nominations!” Kacey Musgraves told a sold-out house at Los Angeles’ …
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NBA’s Ty Lawson — Hits the L.A. Club Scene … Responsibly (Video)

Just weeks after leaving rehab, NBA star Ty Lawson has returned to the Hollywood club scene … only smarter … this time, leaving as a PASSENGER in a waiting ride, TMZ Sports has learned. The Houston Rockets star –…

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Ben Affleck Takes Daughters To Taylor Swift’s Final ‘1989’ Show in L.A.!

The 43-year-old dad brought his daughters to Taylor Swift's show in L.A. on Wednesday night!
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Retail Report: Rebecca Minkoff’s Tech-Savvy L.A. Flagship Opens


Located on Melrose Ave, the NY-based designer’s storefront also houses the first-ever Uri Minkoff shop.

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From Nirvana to GG Allin, Flipside’s Krk Dominguez Photographed Post-Hardcore in L.A.

Like all vital, dynamic art movements throughout history, punk rock suffered from the high bar set by the earliest proponents of the movement. By 1980, no punk band in England could ever hope to match what the Sex Pistols and Clash had done and likewise in Los Angeles, the Germs and Black Flag were high water marks of the genre that few in the mid to late 1980s could reach.

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Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

As it was for the bands in L.A., so too was it for the photographers on the scene. The footsteps of the great Ed Colver were impossible to fill. With the lion’s share of the iconic shots hoarded by that one talent, few could imagine that an artistic record of the ongoing movement would make for a compelling art exhibit.

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Nirvana onstage at Al’s Bar, Downtown Los Angeles, June 1989. From the Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

And yet, almost thirty years after he began, Krk Dominguez has delivered a reminder that there was life after “Damaged” in the clubs and bars and that documenting it in the shadow of a giant allowed him to find his own artistic voice. Hanging floor to ceiling, the over-poster-sized photo editions are printed on thick paper and feature glimpses into bygone moments of beer, sweat, anarchy and the culture of suburban American nonconformity made manifest.

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Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

The bands that came after punk’s first wave knew they were not foraging new territory and that created a hunger to push any edge they ever happened upon. At L.A.’s Lethal Amounts Gallery, Dominguez presented “More Than A Witness,” his solo exhibit documenting thirty years of photographing punk and alternative performances. Dominguez casts a wide umbrella to describe the scene he covered: Post-Hardcore. The Post-Hardcore scene broke from many orthodoxies that had strangled the creative energy out of punk. Long hair, the last taboo of original punk, seems the trademark at times in these pictures. Bands suddenly didn’t give a shit to admit they liked Black Sabbath as much or more than they liked Fear or Bad Religion. The Post-Hardcore scene welcomed many touring acts through Los Angeles, returning the favor that many early L.A. greats had done small scenes nationwide in relentless touring across the country.

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A large centerpiece triptych of GG Allin installed beneath an enlarged proof sheet of Norvana playing in 1989 at Al’s Bar. From the Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

Post Hardcore was good at finding the edges and Krk’s camera found its chief purveyors heading straight toward the cliff. The glazed eyes of GG Allin stare into oblivion in the show’s artiest indulgence, a wall installation triptych that repeats the same photo of Allin once on a car hood and twice on more traditional rectangular surfaces. The patron saint of self-destruction holds center court, but look above – a proof sheet blowup of Nirvana playing to twenty people on a bill they shared with bands like Claw Hammer at Downtown L.A.’s Al’s Bar in 1989. The installation seems to imply that while Allin did himself in quite spectacularly, Kurt Cobain was ultimately no less self-destructive when he committed suicide.

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A photo of Nirvana at Raji’s from 1990 emblazoned across the front window of the Lethal Amounts gallery. From the Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

Nirvana pops up a lot here, with the legendary Claw Hammer co-bill show and hanging out at Raji’s two years before fame would strike, pre-Dave Grohl. Nirvana’s “Grunge” label belies them as the ultimate purveyors of a Post-Hardcore sound that fearlessly played verses slower than the punk thrash standard and then blew out all cylinders in sheer intensity on choruses. Yes, they were the band that “won it all” and in true punk fashion, threw it all away. And Krk was there when they were just one more band to shoot and interview for the pages of Flipside, L.A.’s longest-running punk zine.

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Photographer Krk Dominguez at the mid-August opening reception for his solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

The motto of founder Al Flipside: “Be more than a witness,” is a maxim Dominguez took in earnest. We are treated to a chaotic stage shot of Savage Republic that blurs where the band ends and the crowd begins. GWAR in all of their costumed glory are still the furthest thing from quaint over 25 years after Krk shot them in what appears to be a nightclub parking lot. Fugazi, the Dwarves, the Melvins – it all starts to blur in an installation that packs in large prints with no concept of what a minimal hanging might even look like. And were proper gallery centerline hanging instructions given, well, El Duce, of the Mentors, has a time-honored one-finger salute to cure you of any illusions of artsy seriousness or nostalgia for a simpler time.

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El Duce Hollywood Live, Hollywood, circa: 1991. From the Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

•All photos here from the gallery’s opening reception courtesy of Ben Easley.
•Photos of Nirvana and El Duce are courtesy of the artist.
•Krk’s solo show runs thru the end of September at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Downtown L.A. – for more info visit their website.
•Follow Krk Dominguez online: FaceBook – KRK Dominguez • instagram: @krkdominguezphoto

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Each Friday this summer, Kathryn Bentley (designer of the cult Los Angeles jewelry line Dream Collective) and Bari Ziperstein (whose intricate B.Zippy ceramics are a favorite among the fashion and art crowd) spent the day together in Ziperstein’s L.A. studio as a sort of thought experiment. “We discovered similar ways of thinking about structure, pattern, and materials,” says Bentley, who has long collected Ziperstein’s work and also stocked it in her Silver Lake store for the past year. “We talked about everything from angled structures of Cold War Brutalist architecture to the color and patterns of the Memphis Milano movement and raw clay surfaces reminiscent of Future Primitive sculptures.”

The conversations naturally led to a collaboration, and the resulting series of B.Zippy for Dream Collective pots and vases debuted at Dream Collective’s storefront this week. The collection, like all of Ziperstein’s work, is both functional and strikingly sculptural; its column motifs, drip patterns, and matte finishes directly resulted from the duo’s dialogue about aesthetics. And though Bentley left the hands-on making of the pieces to Ziperstein, it was “an intellectual collaboration; we have a similar creative process,” she says. “Bari is a thinker and a true artist.”

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Now that American support for same-sex marriage has risen to numbers as high as 63 percent, gay has become cool. Hundreds of thousands of people turned out to this year’s Los Angeles Pride Festival, the 45th annual celebration of the world’s first ever Pride Parade, which took place in the City of Angels in 1970.

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While many will applaud these companies’ support as a metric of how far society has come, I’m taken aback. Two of these seven primary corporate sponsors are alcohol companies. Instead of lauding Bud Light and Tito’s for supporting the LGBTQ community, I am highly skeptical of their intent.

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It’s no secret that alcoholism is a huge problem among LGBTQ Americans. Alcohol abuse is 2.5-5 times more prevalent among LGBTQ Americans than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. Public health experts have pinpointed prejudice and discrimination as the roots of this drastic health disparity.

The tobacco industry has similarly capitalized on the higher rates of substance abuse in the LGBTQ community. In no time, alcohol companies have followed in their footsteps. In giving to Pride festivals and using social media to back LGBTQ causes with their brands, alcohol companies are exploiting and endangering the lives and wellbeing of sexual and gender minorities.

The organizers of the LA Pride Festival also deserve a fair amount of scrutiny for opting to accept donations from alcohol companies. While I am sure that the money helped make this year’s Pride as successful as it was, the funds will inevitably make their way back into the hands of Bud Light and Tito’s — companies that will no doubt continue to reap the benefits of my community’s health problems.

The difficult toll alcoholism takes on LGBTQ individuals was visible to the naked eye at Pride. There was no shortage of passed-out drunk people, aggressive pushing and shoving at the concerts, and I even witnessed a brawl break out as my friends waited in line for a Bud Light.

However, beyond these short-term consequences, many members of my community suffer more difficult effects of the substance. Penalties for DUIs and steep costs for rehabilitation programs are among the long-term ramifications of alcoholism. Not to mention, alcohol consumption increases one’s aptitude for high-risk sexual behaviors and injection drug use — two major modes of HIV transmission.

There is little question that the money used to fund Pride this year will amplify a major problem in the LGBTQ community. Sadly, the presence of alcohol companies marks Pride’s loss of its original and historic mission — defiance.

When Los Angeles inaugurated the Pride festival, Pride was a commemoration of the Stonewall Riots — a radical act of defiance against a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. We are fortunate that many sexual and gender minorities now have the privilege of safety and the protection of the police. However, these same issues of police brutality are affecting our peers of color nationwide. This could have been a point of emphasis for Pride, but it seemed that everyone was really just too drunk to even care.

Pride this year occurred on the heels of what’s bound to be a historic decision by the Supreme Court regarding marriage equality. While many of my peers will be toasting their champagne to celebrate their same-sex marriages, I’ll be thinking about some more serious issues.

Where is the outrage over the death of Mercedes Williamson, the ninth American trans woman who was murdered in 2015? More importantly, where are the liquor companies when our peers are getting murdered? They offer conditional solidarity for same-sex marriage, but nothing but booze to drown our sorrow in the face of adversity. There is much to celebrate, but there is also much to lament.

Perhaps when police brutality ends, when trans murders stop, and when alcoholism is no longer a problem plaguing our community, it’ll be time to have a party. For now, I won’t be supporting alcohol companies’ unethical attempt to take advantage of me or my community. Cheers.

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“Sunday brunch at Soho House. The views of L.A. are spectacular.” —Erin

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“I always tell people to go to the pier. My German relatives love the Santa Monica Pier for some sun. Venice. Abbot Kinney area kind of appeals to everyone and you can spend all day there and not get bored. “ —Sara



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Beyoncé and Jay Z are moving to Los Angeles—along with every other New Yorker you know. It seems winter is no longer bearable, and suddenly everyone who lives in the city has urgent work to attend to on the West Coast. But even though L.A. is just a short flight away, the lifestyle takes some getting used to. After you’ve relished in the natural Vitamin D supply and your new ability to stand outdoors for more than five minutes without curling into yourself from the cold, there’s a small learning curve. It mostly has to do with acting chill, using crystals, and learning to be kinder to yourself.

To ease the transition and make you feel even more solid in your decision to bail and live in L.A. for a week or two (or, you know, two months), we’ve assembled a collection of beauty products for the culture-shocked New Yorker living on the West Coast. This is what we’d send to Beyoncé in a welcome basket.

 

 

For starters, you’ll need some healing Rose Crystal Organic Rosewater Facial Toner. Think of it like crystal energy you spray on your face. And it’s organic. See what we mean? If you want to maintain some of your New Yorker snark, pack Smith and Cult’s nail lacquer in “Bitter Buddhist.” Once you adjust to L.A. living, you’ll still love it—the celadon green color is the same as the array of succulents you’ll soon have sitting on your windowsill. Speaking of your new space, it has to smell like sage. It just has to. Try Blackbird’s TenOverSix incense pyres, which are little pyramids you light and let burn down—a more sophisticated approach to the hippie-ish habit of burning sage to bless your domicile.

Once the air in your house is cleansed, you have to address your aura. Aquarian Soul + Earth’s Aura Cleanse Gemstone Massage Oil should be enough to expel the bitter cold from your heart. Now all that’s left to do is get a glowy, healthy Los Angeles complexion. Stock up on Glossier’s Mega Greens Galaxy Pack: It’s a kaolin clay mask that, we’re told, is meant to be thought of as “a juice cleanse for your face.” Welcome to Los Angeles.

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It’s easy to tell that awards season has descended upon Los Angeles. With the influx of nominees in town for this weekend’s 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, the pre-party circuit is well underway. Charles Finch along with Mulberry hosted his first annual “Out of Towners” dinner on Friday night at Chateau Marmont. It was a casual, informal affair; the small and celebratory crowd gathered around the pool for cocktails and a buffet dinner. “Out of Towners” spelled out in giant mylar balloons floated above the water, greeting guests, many of whom were in L.A. just for the main event on Sunday.

BAFTA nominee, Rosamund Pike, along with fellow Brits, Dominic West, James Corden, Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt, and Poppy Delevingne mingled with Christoph Waltz, Wes Anderson, Elon Musk, Adrien Brody, Camilla Belle, Kirsty Hume, and Gillian Anderson. One of the night’s freshest faces, Cressida Bonas, clad in a Mulberry dress with delicate sequin flowers, recently worked with the brand on a dance video (a preview of the series called “From England With Love” played during the evening—the full video debuts in March) remarked that the collaboration came organically. “I showed them my reel. We had tea, which is really English, and that was it really. They’ve been really wonderful, and it’s such an honor to work with them.”

On Saturday afternoon, BAFTA Los Angeles hosted their annual tea party at the Four Seasons Hotel. Keira Knightley, clad in a marigold Hermès dress and matching Roger Vivier clutch, joined Into the Woods actor, James Corden, at the event, while Felicity Jones, in an Erdem frock and an Anya Hindmarch clutch, smiled when her The Theory of Everything costar, Eddie Redmayne arrived. “I’m excited for tomorrow evening; I’m just trying to figure out what to do with my hair and makeup. It feels like a wedding only without the husband,” mused Jones. Steve Carell, who appeared back to his normal self after a physical transformation for Foxcatcher, caught up with Adrien Brody, while Jamie Dornan and Marion Cotillard mingled and posed for pictures. Henry Cavill appeared on the red carpet just in time to smile for the camera and enjoy a quick cup of tea before heading back out into the rain and on to the next Golden Globe soirée on the party circuit. ​

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Neil LaBute Q&A: The Controversial Playwright Talks About His L.A. Theater Takeover

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Fans of safe and saccharine theater in Los Angeles better run and hide this summer because acclaimed and controversial playwright Neil LaBute doesn’t just have one production currently in town — he has two!

Vilified and labeled as a misanthrope and misogynist thanks to his unflinching brand of art, indeed his plays and films have shocked many, including films In the Company of Men, Your Friends & Neighbors, Nurse Betty and The Shape of Things to Come. It’s interesting to have LaBute’s unrelenting drama, often filled with self-absorbed characters and very poignant and disturbingly social themes, takeover Los Angeles theater.

Continuing with his beauty trilogy in Reasons to Be Pretty at the Geffen Playhouse, LaBute takes on society’s ongoing fixation with beauty and in particular one man’s inability to say the right thing — ever. When Greg makes an innocuous, off-handed remark about his girlfriend Steph, it triggers a battle by which their relationship will forever be defined. Tony nominated for Best Play, Reasons to Be Pretty continues a series that includes The Shape of Things, Fat Pig (a previous Geffen Playhouse hit) and Reasons to Be Happy.

Meanwhile, across town on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, LaBute’s personal In a Dark Dark House focuses on the many effects of sexual abuse and the way society might be expected to react to abused victims.

While LaBute has recently directed episodes of AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” as well as the good natured ensemble comedy Death at a Funeral possibly giving way to a kinder and gentler LaBute, it’s his taut dramas that have caused critics and some audiences to label him as a pariah.

Who can forget Aaron Eckhart’s character Chad in In the Company of Men hatefully blather, “Women. Nice ones, the most frigid of the race, it doesn’t matter in the end. Inside they’re all the same meat and gristle and hatred just simmering.”

Or that other gem of his, “Never trust anything that can bleed for a week and not die.”

You can see why LaBute is a lightning rod, even if the man himself doesn’t.

Your name and work evoke a strong gut reaction. Do you consider no reaction the worst kind of reaction?
I probably do. I would think just about anybody would feel that way. We’re taught at some age to always want positive reaction but it makes sense when you’re out there asking questions, which is a big part of what playwrights are supposed to do, not always having answers but at least asking questions. I think, depending on the questions, it’s very important to take the temperature of people. If people think you have nothing to say or you’re of little interest that would probably be the worst.

If everybody were to love your work, is that not the reaction you would want either?
I’m not the kid in class who only wants negative attention, that’s certainly not me. I’ll take nothing but positive attention, that’s OK. I feel that I’ve had almost negative attention for some things. I know what it feels like on both ends. You’re always trying to connect and tell stories that are different than what everyone else has. I’m always looking to connect with an audience, and yet, sometimes it’s negative but through that negativity sometimes you’ve left them with something to think about. I think both sides of that can be useful.

In college, some of your plays where shut down immediately after their premieres. How do you define success–just opening?
Getting in front of an audience, in this world, is the requirement for the endgame, at least for theater. Once you’ve written something you’re part of the way there. You do need to get in front of an audience. To have a connection with an audience is ultimately the goal.

With everything you’ve accomplished, is there still room for you to grow as an artist?
Of course, that’s why I probably go back to teach as often as possible, just because you learn a ton from teaching people. There are so many parts of this world that I’m interested in. I get more interested in editing as I work in film; I haven’t done much television and that world is new to me. Broadway is still a creature that I’m weary of. Event at my age, there are a lot of aspects that I have to learn or try to fail at.

Your name sparks a reaction. What’s the biggest misconception about you?
The ones that I hear upon meeting people sometimes are, ‘You’re much nicer than I thought you’d be.’ I wonder what it was exactly they were thinking. They imagine you’re the worst. They never seem to think you’re the best at what you can imagine. You were able to think of something, therefore, that must be you. Also, for the last seventeen – eighteen years, there’s been this label of misogyny that started with In the Company of Men, that’s a hard one to kick because people label you and once they’ve done that, they make it very hard for you. If they see something else, they’ll say, that’s no as misogynistic. For a movie that so many people actually saw as being a critical essay of men, being labeled misogynistic I thought was strange.

Is it fair that 17 years later people so closely identify you with that film?
I don’t think it would hurt to reassess things every five years or so. That would be nice of people to check in on that sort of thing. I know how it happens but it’s a bummer when you don’t agree with it.

Can you talk about the power of the written word and what the various outlets mean to you?

Theater is still a place that allows you to say anything you want to say and take on anything that is of interest to you. There is no taboo, not for me at least. There’s nothing that shouldn’t be taken on.

Film, I think, is a medium that people still see as a more popular form of entertainment. Television, I think, is becoming a great place for writers and storytellers. I like this idea of telling multiple stories about a set of characters. I always turn the page and write about a new group of people. For a writer, that’s a really interesting task to take on.

You have two shows currently playing in Los Angeles. What’s that like?
They’re two very different ones as well. I’m really excited by the people who are in them and also the directors.

What originally inspired these two productions?

You never know. I ended up with this third play in this trilogy about beauty; and I knew I wanted to do something about beauty and the way that we’ll change ourselves or change for others. In a Dark Dark House was just a story that came to me, not thinking about my own past so much as filtering what I knew about the lives that these characters have and then wanting to tell a story about siblings.

You’ve called In a Dark Dark House very personal, yet this version was tweaked from its original form when it premiered in New York. Is it still as personal now?
I think so. The work that was done honed the structure and I moved things around and ultimately I think this version is the best structure of the play. It’s not autobiographical but it’s touching on things that were close to my life.

So plays are never finite?
Oh God no! I just wrote a new monologue for Amber Tamblyn in Reasons to Be Pretty. She had some questions and thoughts and it led me to write something. They’re finished for now until somebody opens the book again and you start working on it again.

Reasons to Be Pretty marks your fourth collaboration with the Geffen Playhouse. What do you like about that theater?
It’s nice to have a home somewhere. Because you can spread yourself so far around and with so many people, it’s always great to go back to a place or group of people who you know and work with. It’s great when the Geffen is interested in me doing something again. I love the space but I also love the people who run the place.

Are you happy playing in intimate theaters or do you want Broadway or the Pantages, which is the big theater in Los Angeles?
I tend to write things that are often pretty small cast and I love small theaters. That said, there are things you write that you think could be for Broadway but I tend not to think or write in those terms. Sadly, what usually drives people to think something would be good for Broadway is the fact that they have some star who might be interested. Rare is the play that I’ve written that I think it can only fit on a stage for a thousand people. They’re often very intimate character studies.

You always get great talent in your plays, from David Duchovny to Ed Harris. What attracts big name actors to your work or is it that they just have to work?
It’s probably a mix and that’s OK for me. I think actors do, at some point, get a sense of a person who like actors and writes for actors, and is interested in them. I certainly feel that I’ve always liked actors and they get a buzz off me that says that. I never tend to write for people, as many good actors as I’ve had, I always have written just for characters and then good actors will appear. But like you said, some actors just want to work.

What do you hope audiences take away from a production of yours?
I just hope that there’s something that they find there, whether it is characters or themes. I tend not to write about themes so much, but I love the idea that somebody in today’s world, because we’ve created this kind of speed that we devour information these days, that any time that somebody goes to see your work and thinks about if for any length of time is a total victory.

Both Neil LaBute productions play through August 31. In a Dark Dark House plays at the Matrix Theatre, and Reasons to Be Pretty plays at the Geffen Playhouse.

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