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Chinatown Restaurant Review: Zen Mei Bistro, a great budget dining experience

Zen Mei is an authentic Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. It is a family run business which has been owned by Michelle Liu for the last seven years. The restaurant is sm...

 

Hits and Misses: A Tourist's Perspective on Los Angeles after 30 days here

As a tourist, I see California in a different light than as someone who's from here. For instance, the concept of the greater Los Angeles area is a bit peculiar to me because I see each place in LA as...

 
 By Sterling Roberts    News    July 14, 2019

My Time with Portrait Artist Don Bachardy

According to Merriam-Webster, exceptional is defined as better than average or superior. To me, 85 year old Don Bachardy fits that definition to a T. He is well renowned and has his artwork in many...

 
 By Sterling Roberts    Arts    July 14, 2019

Exhibit Review: LACMA's Material Art from China

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art currently has awe-inspiring exhibits which range from Picasso's portraits to their famous Urban Lights structure to some fun pop art to the exhibit which will be...

 
 By Sterling Roberts    News    July 12, 2019

ShakeAlertLA Backlash After Strong Earthquakes in LA

In what I thought would be a privatized business, ShakeAlertLA, which has been heavily criticized in the last few days, was actually created by the city of Los Angeles and its Mayor, Eric Garcetti....

 

Woman Finally Finds Her Father Because of Genetic Testing

When sending a sample of your DNA to a database to find your genetic ancestry, you expect to maybe find a surprise in that ancestry. But, what you don't expect to find is a new family. Just last year,...

 

New Restaurant in Venice, Yours Truly, Now Serves Brunch!

There's a new brunch spot in Venice! Yours Truly, previously the restaurant Soltaire, opened up three months ago for dinner and three weeks ago started serving brunch. Yours Truly has a fun...

 

Drag Queen Story Time at the Beach to Celebrate Pride Month

This past Friday morning, Santa Monica hosted a special event to celebrate Pride Month. Viewers were able to meet at the library to hop on the Pride Bus to get to the event on the beach. The event...

 
 By Sterling Roberts    Events   

What is Tacotopia? Can You Find Hot Sauce on Instagram?

If you love tacos, you'll love Tacotopia. While from the name it seems like it could be a taco restaurant, Tacotopia actually an art installation presented by hot sauce brand Cholula, or as they...

 

Can a Southern Girl Find Peace and Contentment, at a SoCal Awards Show Gifting Suite?

I, a nineteen year old North Carolinian, attended a gifting suite for the BET awards this past Saturday morning in downtown Los Angeles. "What is a gifting suite?", you might ask. Well, prior to this...

 

The Politics of Pastrami: Fromin's Celebrating 40 Years, Signs Lease for the next 20 years

If you live in Santa Monica, you know Fromin's. Whether you're a regular at the deli or someone who simply drives past the restaurant on the way to work, you have most likely heard of this Wilshire...

 
 By Sterling Roberts    Arts    June 27, 2019

The Downfall of Art: An Interview with Seidman Gallery's Cathy Seidman

Having been in the art and framing business for 25 years, Cathy Seidman has witnessed the downfall of art. Cathy, and her sister, Connie, own the Seidman Gallery in Culver City. When asked how she...

 
 By Sterling Roberts    News    June 25, 2019

Rising Actor's Scuffle at The Victorian Leads to Battery Charge

At 6'2" and 170 lbs, stuntman Jacob Tandy is not a guy you want to pick a bar fight with. On January 5, 2018, rising actors Tandy and Zach Chitwood entered into a bar fight in the Santa Monica based e...

 

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