April 23, 2003 |
Ibrahim Ferrer of the Buena Vista Social Club just released a new album, and as I listened to his tender, age-roughened voice, it reminded me how much the group had to do with America rediscovering Cuba -- warts and all. The sentiment is bittersweet, tinged with nostalgia for pre-Castro Cuba and the days when Hemingway haunted the Floridita in Havana. Now embroidered guayabera shirts, big vintage automobiles in jellybean colors and sugary mojitos are part of the vocabulary of L.A.
August 19, 2002 |
It wasn't meant to happen this fast. Not one, not two, but three new hot spots in Hollywood opening back to back, all owned by the same two South African-born entrepreneurs who just three years ago were getting on each other's nerves--best friends sharing a one-bedroom apartment; one sleeping on the couch, promising to move out but never managing to do so; both collecting quarters to grab a burger at McDonald's, all the while bickering like a married couple. But that was life before Tengu.
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February 23, 2003 |
The crowd outside Hollywood's newest club, the White Lotus, was begging to be seen Friday night, begging to be let inside the GQ magazine party. About 100 of them crammed behind the velvet rope in an anxious, unorganized throng. It's the kind of scene that club owners desire: hipsters desperate to get inside an exclusive party. And it's the kind of scene that Los Angeles Fire Inspector Robert Gladden sizes up for its potential hazards.
May 4, 2003 |
Comic Ellen DeGeneres has purchased a Hollywood Hills home on almost two acres for $6 million, real estate sources say. The asking price was close to $7.3 million. In February, the comedian lost a bidding war on another Hollywood Hills home that was sold for about $4.5 million to "Friends" star Courteney Cox and her husband, actor David Arquette.
May 12, 2004 |
You know a restaurant is scorchingly hot when you dial 411 for the number and the operator says you're the fifth person that day who's asked for the same restaurant. So it was the week before last with Lincoln Steakhouse Americana, the hip new, Atkins-friendly, mock-retro, highly designed steakhouse in Santa Monica. Lincoln is the latest venture from the team that brought us hip sushi at Tengu in Westwood, hip Cuban food at Paladar in Hollywood and the hip clubs Nacional and Ivar.
July 3, 2003 |
The List used to be long and laborious. It's now just a formality. The bouncers were robotic and unforgiving. These days, they are friendly and inviting. The secret patio's sexy cabanas were exclusive hideaways for superstars such as Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Lopez. They now are within everyone's reach.