September 4, 2012
The Venetian's Bourbon Room serves up hard rock, big hair and even bigger bourbons. Based on the Hollywood club from the musical-turned-movie “Rock of Ages,” the all-'80s fantasy features guitar-pick-shaped tables, leather-and-lace clad cocktail servers/dancers and deejays spinning Poison, Joan Jett and AC/DC. As the name suggests, the libations are heavy on bourbon - there are 60 to choose from - but for those who really want a high school flashback, six types of Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers also grace the menu.
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July 20, 2011 |
Early one morning last November, Emilio Franco and his wife awoke to the noise of men breaking into their Downey home. When the two intruders burst into the couple's bedroom, Franco was prepared. Years earlier, someone had threatened to kidnap his son, and ever since he'd kept a loaded .45-caliber pistol by his bed, his attorney says. According to family members, Franco scuffled briefly with the strangers before gunfire erupted. Police arrived to find one of the intruders critically injured and Franco dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.
January 8, 2004 |
They sip flavored martinis, pass carefully crafted hors d'oeuvres and chat amiably between hands. It might not look like a game of Follow the Queen, but it is, new millennium style. And with the porkpie hats, Sinatra on the stereo and women aplenty, one thing's for sure -- this is not your dad's poker party. Card playing is back in a big way, as an alternative to hitting the bar scene and an updated version of in-home board game nights of the '90s.
March 20, 2011
Clubs at a glance California Club Address: 538 S. Flower St. Founded: 1887 Current membership: About 1,100 Peak membership: 1,275 with a waiting list Prominent members, past and present: Gaylord Wilshire, William Mulholland, Norman Chandler, Richard J. Riordan -- Jonathan Club Address: 545 S. Figueroa St. Founded: 1895 Current membership: ...
December 23, 2013 |
Book clubs can meet up in public places that serve alcohol, New Yorkers discover. Who knew? Well, plenty of people, particularly those who attend book clubs in bars in L.A. On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported on four book clubs in New York and New Jersey that meet in bars and restaurants. That kind of thing can be found in Los Angeles too. Book club maven Julie Robinson hosts them at Bar Noir at Maison 140 and the Hotel Bel Air. One focuses on the works of Jane Austen; another, the Drop in Book Group, is $35 and has discussed Marisa Silver's "Mary Coin," Jhumpa Lahiri's "Lowland" and "Provence, 1970" with author Luke Barr.
August 13, 1989
NOTE: There are no waiting lists or membership requirements unless otherwise noted. Clubs are seeking new members unless otherwise noted. Alamitos Bay Yacht Club--494 members, all sailboaters. Five sponsors and boat ownership required. Three-month waiting list. Initiation fees and dues are confidential. American Legion Yacht Club--200 members. Two sponsors required. No initiation fees, $25 a year dues. Anacapa Yacht Club--150 members. Two-month waiting list. Two sponsors needed.