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March 3, 2011
Rating: ? ½ Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. . . : Outstanding on every level. . : Excellent. . : Very good. : Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory. Location: 9411 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310) 839-6800, http://www.fraicherestaurantla.com Prices: Dinner appetizers, $12 to $18; charcuterie and spreads, $8 to $9; pasta, $18 to $24; main courses, $26 to $28; desserts, $8 to $12. Lunch salads and sandwiches, $12 to $16. Details: Open for dinner daily, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.; for lunch Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Happy hour is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Most of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County are failing to adequately protect historically important structures that are in danger of being razed, according to a new study by the Los Angeles Conservancy. A “preservation report card” assigns an “F” to 51 cities and all of the county's unincorporated communities -- - some that made no effort to save their historic places since the group's last county-wide assessment was completed six years ago. Conservancy leaders said some newer communities incorrectly believe they have no historic resources, and officials of other communities have delayed creating historic preservation programs because of budget cuts tied to the recession.
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BUSINESS
January 27, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Musical electronics retailer Beats by Dr. Dre will move its headquarters from a plush office park in Santa Monica to gritty-looking former warehouses in Culver City. Beats will occupy the entire 40,000-square-foot building at 8476 Steller Drive, plus an additional 26,400 square feet in two adjacent properties at 8401 and 8454 Steller, real estate broker Joshua Gorin of Studley said. The electronics company that sells such music-related products as headphones, earphones and speakers is now in the Water Garden, a luxury office complex dating to the early 1990s.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Culver Studios, a historic independent studio where “Gone with the Wind” and “Citizen Kane” were filmed, is changing hands. Lehman Bros. Holdings has reached an agreement to sell the Culver City property to Hackman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles real estate investment firm, two sources familiar with the matter said. The transaction, expected to close this week, is among former Lehman assets being sold off following the investment firm's 2008 bankruptcy filing. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Hackman Capital is buying the property for $85 million, close to what Lehman and other investors paid Sony Pictures Entertainment a decade ago for the 14-acre Washington Boulevard property, sources said.
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Muddy Leek, a new restaurant by Bon Melange Catering owners Chef Whitney Flood and Julie Retzlaff has opened in Culver City. Melange and Whitney are known for staging rotating, underground dinners together, but Muddy Leek is their first independent restaurant venture. Muddy Leek focuses on farm-to-table fare, thanking their "favorite farmers" on the menu. Everything is made in-house, showcasing ingredients locally sourced from farms and markets.  The restaurant decor is a mix between an E. Stewart Williamshomeand a gastropub, with sleek, large floor-to-ceiling windows and fabric chairs, marble tabletops, peach napkins and vintage looking bar stools.   Menu highlights include the chicken fried bacon with tomato chutney ($7)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2010
Celebrate the culturally rich and ethnically diverse past, present and future of Culver City at the annual Fiesta La Ballona, a community fixture since 1951. This year's event features live performances from '60s revivalists Aquarius, Louisiana-flavored music from Lisa Haley & the Zydekats, and daring circus acrobatics from Kinetic Theory, plus local talent showcases, a beer and wine garden and carnival rides. Veteran's Park, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. 4:30-10 p.m. Fri., 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Free.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
More Neapolitan-style pizza hits L.A. when Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza opens Feb. 25 in Culver City in the historic Beaux Arts Washington Building on Culver Boulevard. Set to open for lunch and dinner, the sit-down pizza place will serve wood-fired sourdough pizza that crosses the Neapolitan tradition with Southern California culinary inventiveness. The "wild" in the restaurant's name is a reference to the wild yeast in the sourdough starter that is used to make the dough for the pizzas.  The "mother dough," fed daily, is the work of executive chef Tin Vuong (also the chef at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach)
FOOD
January 20, 2010 | By C. Thi Nguyen
This is how to eat an order of pani puri at Samosa House East, home of some of the best Indian snacks in Los Angeles. First, roll up your sleeves. Pani puri is chaat -- Indian street snack food -- and demands to be eaten with the fingers, lustily, and with some degree of abandon. Then get ready to move. Pani puri comes in parts, and it demands a certain degree of focus and speed to assemble. There's the puri -- half a dozen or so egg-sized, eggshell-delicate balls of crisp, transparent fried bread.
HOME & GARDEN
April 18, 2009 | Lisa Boone
Getting lost while browsing the expansive grounds of Rolling Greens nursery in Culver City will become even more fun during a tent sale starting Thursday and running through May 9. Discounts of 50% to 75% will be offered on a wide assortment of items, including antique Chinese furniture, containers from Vietnam and Italy, raku vases from Japan, baskets from the Philippines, plus artificial flowers and live plants. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
NEWS
August 22, 1985
The City Council has unanimously approved a resolution urging the California Legislature to adopt a state constitutional amendment that would prohibit strikes by public employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Culver City Ice Arena, which closed earlier this month after losing its lease, might reopen after the rock-climbing company that had planned to take over the space revealed last week that it would not. But City Manager John Nachbar said the city and the rink employees would first have to resolve many issues, including whether the facility's refrigeration system was safe. The unexpected news of Planet Granite's lease cancellation was a relief to the Takahashi family, longtime employees of the rink who hope to operate it for at least six months.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
L.A. zinesters, their friends, family and fans will be gathering Sunday in Culver City for the city's third annual Zinefest . A conversation with Jaime Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame will close out the event at 5:15 p.m. It's a celebration of zines, micro-published DIY magazines. Typically handmade and/or hand-copied, stapled or otherwise assembled, they can tell coherent narratives or be a chaotic, Dada-ist jumble. Stories, illustrations, poems, collages, personal esoteric explorations and other expressions: There was a time when people thought these had migrated online.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Culver City Ice Arena, which closed this month after losing its lease, might reopen after the rock-climbing company that had planned to take over the space said late Thursday that it was canceling its lease. But City Manager John Nachbar said the city and the rink would first have to resolve many issues, including whether the facility's refrigeration system was safe. The unexpected cancellation of Planet Granite's lease was a relief to the Takahashi family, longtime employees who hope to operate the rink for at least six months beginning March 1. "We would love to announce we're going to open March 1, but we don't know that yet," said Shannon Takahashi, who manages the skating school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Martha Groves
Skating fans in Culver City were celebrating a temporary victory after city officials dug out an obscure document that advocates hope can keep an ice rink in the neighborhood. City officials informed the owner of Culver City Ice Arena of its findings last week. They said a use variance granted in 1960 prohibits the use of the property for anything except an ice rink. The new lessee, Planet Granite, plans to convert the 52-year-old rink into a rock climbing, fitness and yoga facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Martha Groves
Following a public outcry, the city of Culver City dug into its files and discovered what officials believe is a document that could ensure that a decades-old ice arena remains an ice rink. City officials informed the rink's owner and the new lessee, Planet Granite, of its findings last week - potentially putting the brakes on a plan to convert the 52-year-old rink into a rock-climbing and yoga facility. City officials said a use variance granted in 1960 prohibits the use of the property for anything except an ice rink.
FOOD
January 25, 2014 | S. Irene Virbila
In Italy, it's so critical that the pasta be cooked right that I've seen a whole dinner party standing around the pot at the crucial moment to ensure the spaghetti wouldn't be overcooked. Some people prefer freshly made pasta, the more eggs the better. Others swear by dried pasta and insist on certain brands from Gragnano outside Naples. I say there's room for both. -- The Factory Kitchen Longtime Valentino chef Angelo Auriana is back in town as chef/partner in the Factory Kitchen downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A 28-year-old man has died at a hospital after authorities say he got into a fight with two members of his family in Culver City, police said Thursday. Trinidad Sanchez was involved in a “physical altercation” with family members Wednesday night in the 11600 block of Washington Boulevard, according to a statement from Culver City police. “As a result of the altercation, Mr. Sanchez became ill and was taken to the hospital by relatives, where he succumbed to his injuries,” the statement said.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Stanley Norman, a standout junior receiver-defensive back from Culver City, appears headed to Gardena Serra. He has filled out enrollment papers for Serra and is expected to transfer by the start of the new semester next week. Coach Scott Altenberg said he has heard of Norman's intentions but must wait to see if he shows up next week. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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