Sunset Strip Music Fest Pumps Up Volume For Its Seventh Edition

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As it approaches its seventh iteration, the Sunset Strip Music Festival, at least on the surface, looks almost unrecognizable compared to that first year in 2008 when it was confined to three clubs — the Roxy, the Whiskey and the Viper Room — and amounted to not much more than a glorified block party. It only read more

25 Things To Make Your Weekend

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 19 FILM: Rose McGowan curates a slate of films for Dawn Fest at the Downtown Independent, from Friday through Sept. 25. She’s screening her short film directorial debut “Dawn”—“a disturbing tale of a young girl’s budding sexuality and one’s desire to experience the unknown”—along with other films in which women are given a strong voice. read more

An Italian Renaissance

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At the base of the rolling volcanic Euganean Hills in Italy’s Veneto region lies a seemingly endless reserve of thermal mud (said to have been around since the time of the ancient Romans). Matured for months in a series of bubbling tanks, the benefits of this precious substance are manifold. In the 1970s, when it read more

Real Estate is Major Driver of California’s Recovery

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Businesses are expanding and need more space, and that’s helping pump up California’s real estate industry. The real estate and rental leasing industries accounted for nearly a quarter of California’s economic growth in the second quarter, according to a report released Monday by downtown’s City National Bank and consulting firm Beacon Economics. The real estate read more

Banks Sweeten Jumbo Terms to Woo Borrowers

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The secondary market for jumbo mortgages—in which banks bundle and sell their mortgages as consolidated debt to investors—is doing worse than a year ago. But that may be good for borrowers, at least for now. Only 2.3% of all jumbo mortgages originated in the first half of 2014 have been securitized, according to Inside Mortgage read more

For the Love of Design

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It’s surely kismet when a chance introduction leads not only to wedded bliss, but to a brand-new business venture as well, fueled by a shared passion. So it was for Mary Ta, owner of the luxury Italian furnishings showroom Minotti L.A., and former European furnishings export manager Lars Oliver Hypko. The two were introduced at read more

Your Weekend Planner: 21 Things to do in LA

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 MUSIC: Check out the indie rock/pop tunes of Colony House, Knox Hamilton and Adventure Galley at The Satellite on Friday. Doors: 8:30 pm and the show is at 9 pm. Tickets: $10. NIGHT MARKET: 626 Night Market takes over Santa Anita Park again for its summer finale this weekend, from 4 pm-1 read more

Little Door in Santa Monica to open Sept. 9

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Love the Little Door in Beverly Grove? A Santa Monica location, with a large patio, is slated to open Sept. 15 A location of the Beverly Grove restaurant the Little Door is slated to open Sept. 15 in Santa Monica. The restaurant replaces the former Chez Mimi and Villetta space on 26th Street. The new read more

Luxury Home Values Rise In The Second Quarter Of 2014

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Luxury home values increased strongly in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego in the second quarter of 2014 compared to a year ago, according to the First Republic Prestige Home Index(TM) by First Republic Bank, a leading private bank and wealth management company. In the second quarter of 2014, the Index indicated the following: read more