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October 15, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
With nearly every bizarre reality show star getting a book deal lately, it's no surprise that celebrated canine Uggie, a star of last year's Oscar winner, "The Artist," has published a memoir, "Uggie: My Story," by Wendy Holden. The 60-year-old (in human terms) Jack Russell terrier will be making an appearance  Friday at a paw print book signing at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica. Perhaps the most famous pet memoir since presidential pooch Millie told her tale of life in the White House in 1992, Uggie's story, filled with plenty of name-dropping, details his rise from puppy-hood to movie stardom.
October 15, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
Where do you go when you need a custom leather android arm or garter belt? Skingraft, that's where. Photos: Skingraft's spring-summer 2013 presentation In business since 2005, Skingraft   is one of those L.A. brands that is a hometown source for stylists and celebs looking for custom pieces for magazine shoots and music videos. In July, Justin Bieber wore a futuristic-looking Skingraft silver leather “android arm” when he performed “Boyfriend” at the Teen Choice Awards, and in June, Azealia Banks wore a Skingraft black leather garter belt and bionic leggings in her video “Liquorice,” which was styled by none other than Nicola Formichetti of Lady Gaga and Mugler fame.
September 30, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The end of the women's ready-to-wear runway shows in Paris means the fashion focus will soon be on the City of Angels and its biannual crazy quilt of style-centric activities. Most of the events are set to take place during a 12-day run that gets underway Oct. 10 and ends on Oct. 21, with the last day of L.A. Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios. And most are for buyers and media only, but there are a few exceptions. The most notable of these this season is a runway show and fundraiser organized by Fashion Business Inc. to be hosted by Melissa Rivers and comedian Brett Walkow on Oct. 16 at downtown Los Angeles' Union Station.
September 21, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details. Look at the roster of events for the fourth edition of L.A. Beer Week and prepare to be overwhelmed. Nearly 30 options crowd Saturday alone. On tap is an exploration of pumpkin beers, multiple beer fests, a beer run, a beer brunch, a beer shuttle and, for the dessert-minded, a sampling of beer-infused ice cream. There's so much happening that L.A Beer Week isn't technically a week. The 11-day event began last night and runs through Sept.
September 20, 2012
EVENTS Kick off the start of fall and L.A. Beer Week at Golden Road Brewing's Atwater headquarters, where a celebration will be underway to commemorate the release of the brewery's Burning Bush Smoked IPA. Live music, tasty food trucks and lots of sudsy fun from nearly two-dozen craft breweries is in store. Golden Road Brewing, 5430 W. San Fernando Road, L.A. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. $30. (213) 373-4677;
September 12, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Pink Apron dinner: The first annual Pink Apron dinner, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, takes place Monday, Oct. 8, hosted by Hatfield's pastry chef Karen Hatfield. The Pink Apron menu will be prepared by chefs Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Sherry Yard (Spago Beverly Hills), Suzanne Tracht (Jar), Dakota Weiss (NINETHIRTY at W Los Angeles), Nyesha Arrington (Wilshire Restaurant) and Hatfield. In conjunction with the dinner, writer Charlotte Druckman will be signing copies of her forthcoming book, "Skirt Steak," which will be available for purchase that evening.
September 3, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Come on feel the noise at Book Soup this week as Grover Jackson, president of GJ2 Guitars, gives away the first guitar in his new line during a book-signing event for “Randy Rhoads” by Andrew Klein and Steven Rosen. The event coincides with the 30th anniversary of Rhoads' tragic death at age 25 in a plane crash in Florida in 1982. The rock guitarist, best known for his neo-classical stylings, played with metal band Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne recording such hits “Crazy Train” and “Flying High Again.” The 400-page biography is filled with hundreds of rare photographs and memorabilia.
August 6, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
With several authors in town this week promoting their newly released fantasy titles, it almost seems fitting to declare it Fantasy Week in L.A. Bookland. It may not have the bite of Shark Week, but Angelenos will have their pick of sword battles, assassins and apparitions from R.A. Salvatore, (“Charon's Claw”), Sarah Maas (“Throne of Glass”) and Sandi Tan, who will be signing copies of her supernatural ghost story, “The Black Isle,” at 4 p.m. Saturday at Vroman's in Pasadena.
July 27, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
As fans around the world pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe this week on the 50th anniversary of her death, the fascination with the tragic star is never-ending. Countless books continue to be published about her life, including several coffee-table books of photographs this past year by Bert Stern, Lawrence Schiller and Andre de Dienes, who took some of the earliest photos of the aspiring model in 1945. But it was George Barris who earned the distinction of being the last photographer to have an official photo shoot with Monroe before her death in 1962.
July 24, 2012 | Liesl Bradner
Does anyone really know what heaven looks like? For ages, artists have expressed their interpretations on canvas and authors have penned numerous books on their journeys to the hereafter. Recent titles include Mary C. Neal's “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story” and Todd Burpo's “Heaven Is for Real,” which spent 70 weeks on the L.A. Times bestsellers list. In the story of a 4-year-old boy's visit to heaven during emergency surgery, the artwork of 8-year-old Akiane Kramarik (who also had a near-death experience)
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