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December 21, 2000 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, TIMES RESTAURANT CRITIC
Rung in with a gush of parties and champagne, the year 2000 hasn't proven to be a banner one for restaurant-goers in search of the latest and greatest. The trend, instead, has been one of more modest neighborhood places. Among the pick of this year's crop: Los Feliz got a new jazz club and restaurant, Los Feliz, (2138 Hillhurst Ave., [323] 666-8666) with sophisticated fare.
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NEWS
December 27, 2001 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whether you want festive food, wine, music, dancing and party decor or just a quiet night of good eating, there are plenty of New Year's Eve restaurant celebrations for you to attend. Dinner and Dancing: The following places have music and dancing at their late seatings. Some of these restaurants also have earlier seatings without so much festivity (and at lower rates). Call for details. The Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Center is throwing a black-tie party on New Year's Eve.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2000 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Old Times' Sake: The New Year's Eve celebration at the original Spago is going to be overflowing with significance. Spago Hollywood will close in a few months after 18 years of serving from that famous open kitchen. Owners Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff decided it wasn't worth the trouble to remodel it, so they're letting their lease expire March 31 (not a huge surprise--Spago Hollywood was upstaged three years ago with the opening of the sleek and glamorous Spago Beverly Hills).
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2000 | ANGELA PETTERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Smooth Troc: The ghost of the famous Trocadero nightclub has been revived, again. The original Trocadero, the glamorous supper club frequented by Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Jean Harlow and Lana Turner, burned down in 1944. Fifty years later, Bambi Byrens and Robert Wayne opened a Trocadero in West Hollywood and hung pictures of the original on the walls. And two months ago, Michael Bezerra and Milton Zampelli bought this new version.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 1998 | LEWIS SEGAL, Lewis Segal is The Times' dance critic
With the L.A. Music Center cutting back to just four days of concert dance for the entire year, big ballet belonged exclusively to the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 1998--and, fortunately, its season reflected intelligence along with a sense of adventure. Meanwhile, Center Theatre Group stepped into the Music Center vacuum with several dance-theater events at the Ahmanson that ended up among the year's most memorable offerings.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1996 | Jennifer Fisher, Jennifer Fisher is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Oguri and the other four members of his Los Angeles-based butoh troupe Renzoku are working on what he calls a salty dance--although at this point, it's safe to say that many ingredients are involved. From the outside, the process looks slightly more mysterious than the kind of rehearsal in which performers learn and repeat sections of a dance. Oguri asks each dancer to choose a few movements of the arms and torso.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2001 | AGUSTIN GURZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The story about the blind boy born in Cuba was passed down in the Flynn clan like a fading family photograph. Only the barest details about him survived the rifts created by personal tragedies, revolution and an impassable sea. The boy was named Frank, like his Irish American father who found work and a wife after moving to Cuba at the turn of the last century.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2006 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
IT'S the last call for the Conga Room. After eight years at its Miracle Mile location on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles' premier Latin music nightclub is going dark at the end of the month -- at least for now. Although owners plan to reopen in about two years at a new, larger location within the downtown entertainment complex being built across from Staples Center, the demise of the trailblazing club's first incarnation leaves a vacuum in the city's cultural landscape.
NEWS
April 30, 1989 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Peronist presidential candidate Carlos Saul Menem's campaign offered a free lunch Saturday and about 8,000 Argentine retirees came, forming a vast street party that had the air of a victory celebration. Menem, the flamboyant populist governor of rural La Rioja province, demonstrated his campaign magic in the working-class Buenos Aires district of La Boca, the riverside entry point for millions of immigrants to Argentina over the years. The sit-down lunch stretched for five city blocks along a closed-off avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2001 | AGUSTIN GURZA
From the case files of the San Bernardino city attorney: Violator's name, Valente Duran. Native of Mexico, it's assumed. Father of five children, four born in the United States. Occupation: construction worker. Address: The EZ-8 Motel. History: In early December, Duran and his family were evacuated from the Cypress Inn Trailer Park, with about 90 other residents of 26 uninhabitable mobile homes.
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