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July 18, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
Amid a multimillion-dollar renovation, Sunset Media Center is wooing new tenants and keeping old ones with 10-year leases at the 22-story Hollywood property on Sunset Boulevard east of Vine Street. Longtime tenant Nielsen Media Research has renewed its lease but for only 2 1/2 of the 22 floors in the building. Despite the decrease from four floors, it will remain the largest tenant. FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit organization that handles filming permits for the city and the county, is moving its headquarters to the media center from downtown Los Angeles.
July 15, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Betfair Hollywood Park contains special memories for trainer Tom Proctor, who remembers being 16 and standing in the winner's circle in 1972 after Convenience, the mare his father Willard trained, won a memorable winner-take-all match race against Typecast in front of 53,575. It was only fitting that Proctor was back in the winner's circle Sunday on the final day of the last spring-summer meeting at the Inglewood track after his 5-year-old mare, Marketing Mix, won the $100,250 Sunset Handicap by one length over defending champion Dhaamer.
July 5, 2013
The wood, stone and glass Wolff House, designed by John Lautner and recently restored, is built into a hillside above the Sunset Strip in Hollywood Hills West. The Modernist home's living room, with 16-foot-tall ceilings and walls of glass, looks out on the city below. Location: 8530 Hedges Place, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $7.995 million Year built: 1961 Architect: John Lautner House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: 9,784 square feet Features: Floating plank stairway, den/office, breakfast area, stainless-steel appliances, pool, guesthouse, Mills Act tax benefits About the area: In the first quarter, 39 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.25 million, according to DataQuick.
June 13, 2013 | By Kari Beal
As the days grew longer in May photographer Greg Keating captured a picture of active passerbys during sunset in Venice. The shot was taken with a 50-millimeter lens and a Leica M9. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
June 7, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
This post has been corrected, please see below for details. In March, the Sunset Strip music venue the Key Club announced that it was closing for good. Few local music fans were especially surprised. The venue had operated in various guises since the '60s - first as Gazzarri's, where it hosted such rock 'n' roll royalty as the Doors, Guns N' Roses and Van Halen - and as the Key Club since 1998. It closed briefly in 2009, but 2013 was to be the final curtain for the club's monthly slate of heavy metal, hip-hop and stuffed local bills where bands sometimes had to prepay for blocks of tickets.
June 6, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
If you haven't yet seen the critically acclaimed romantic drama “Before Midnight” consider some binge watching of the “Befores” that came before. “Before Midnight” is only the latest creative collaboration by  director Richard Linklater and the movie's stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. A ll three had a hand in writing these candid films. I did, and I have to say it was quite something to see it all of a piece. Begin, of course, with Celine (Delpy) and Jesse's (Hawke)
May 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It was a risk for director Richard Linklater to go so dark in "Before Midnight," the latest round of the romantic musings he began with his stars, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, nearly 20 years ago. The illusions of a more pristine love in "Before Sunrise" have been shelved so that the tipping point in a relationship can be laid bare. A devastating fight is the centerpiece now, the teasing flirtations a distant memory. Though the gauzy beauty of the earlier films remains, as does a sun-drenched European setting, this time Greece, what you will remember, what you will feel compelled to talk about long after, is the fight.
May 16, 2013 | By Jason La
From his home in Los Feliz, David Freid watched the sunset on May 9. "I saw the crazy colors of the sunset from a window and went out to take it in in the short time it was there," Freid said. " My cat, Frank, beat me to it . She was already enjoying the sunset from the patio when I arrived. " Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
May 15, 2013 | By August Brown
The rap-rock leviathan Linkin Park hasn't played in its L.A. hometown since a small May 2012 benefit show at the House of Blues. Today, the group announced that it will end that absence with a headlining turn at this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival. "We started our career playing clubs on the Strip. It's a thrill to be back where it all began," lead singer Chester Bennington said in a statement. The band's fifth and most recent album, "Living Things," topped album charts when it was released last summer, and it was generally praised for its more thoughtful mix of electronics and emotive hard rock.
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